Bangkok has a multitude of temples, some of which are very well known and visited by tourists who know the city and others, smaller, only known by the local population. To speak of Bangkok’s temples is to speak of places like Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Suthat, Wat Traimit or Wat Arun, all known and admired for their beauty and history. Bangkok also has temples, even if they are less known, they have characteristics that make them unique, and one of them is undoubtedly Wat Intharawihan and the statue of the giant Buddha, one of the highest in the city.
Wat Intharawihan is located in the heart of Bangkok, near the Rama VIII Bridge. Built in the 80s of the 19th century, the religious complex has nothing special, except for its famous statue of Buddha. This statue or Luang Pho To or also called Phra Si Ariyamettrai is highly venerated in the city, as it is said to have parts of the remains brought back from Sri Lanka of the Buddha himself. Bathed in gold and more than 30 meters high, it took more than 60 years to build, according to the Ayutthaya style of the time. The enclosure, in addition to its famous statue, is composed of several buildings of which the stupa, one of the most beautiful of the city, stands out.
How to get to Wat Intharawihan and its giant Buddha?
To get to Wat Intharawihan by your own means, the best way is to go by the river, because it is located near the stop of the Phraya Express Boat.
Because of its proximity to Khao San Road, it is a perfect morning or afternoon trip. Please keep in mind that this is a religious compound. Be respectful of people when taking pictures. Remember to follow the basic rules of decorum and dress.
Admission is free and the hours of operation are from 8am to 8pm.
Unnamed Road, Bang Khun Phrom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand