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Phra Ratcha Wang Derm

Attractions

Meaning 'original palace', King Taksin's compound of Chinese-influenced buildings once included Wat Arun. Rama V gave the palace to the Thai navy, and its...

Royal Thai Navy Headquarters

Princess Mother Memorial Park

Art, Attractions, Museums

The king's late mother, Somdet Phra Srinagarinda Boromarajajonani, beloved as 'Somdet Ya', was born a commoner to goldsmiths and practised nursing. This...

Somdet Chaophraya Soi 3
Free

Santa Cruz Church

Attractions

Descendants still remain of the Portuguese Catholics who built this church and convent, known as 'Wat Kudee Jeen'. Often rebuilt since King Taksin donated...

Soi Kudi Jeen
Free

Wat Arun

Attractions

Seen on the TAT logo and B10 coin, this five-spired landmark has been known as the 'Temple of Dawn' ever since the soon-to-be King Taksin landed by the then...

34 Thanon Arun Amarin
Major venue

Wat Kalayanamit

Attractions

Founded in 1825 by a Chinese nobleman, the temple needs Thailand's tallest vihaan to house its largest indoor sitting Buddha (15 metres/49 feet high). It...

371 Soi Wat Kalaya
Free

Wat Prayoon

Attractions

Fenced in with English-made cast iron, this family temple of the powerful Persian-descended Bunnag clan features Bangkok's first Sri Lankan-style chedi....

Thanon Tetsaban Sai 1
Free

Wat Rakhang

Attractions

This delightful riverside temple was restored by King Taksin and is famed for its red hor trai, a teak scripture hall where Rama I stayed before his reign...

Soi Wat Rakhang
Free

Wat Suwannaram

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions

Art students flock to the wat's Ayutthaya-era bot (ask a monk to open it) to sketch the Rama III-era murals by Thai artist Thongyu (primarily jataka tales...

33 Charan Sanit Wong Soi 32
Free