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Visit Wat Intharawihan (Bangkok)

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Wat Intharawihan

Thai name : วัดอินทรวิหาร

GPS : 13.766066, 100.502945 (See on the map)


This Bangkok temple is much less known and often forgotten by guide books. It hosts the only large standing Buddha in the Thai capital city. The statue leaning against a cement tower is 32 meters high and 10 meters wide. Called Luang Pho or Phra Si Ariyamettrai, it is decorated with glass and 24K gold mosaics. It contains a Buddha relic coming from Sri Lanka.
Behind the big Buddha, there is a small cemetery with burial urns and boxes and in front of the Buddha Image, there is a plaza surrounded by a covered walkway. But the interest of Intharawihan is definitly its large statue.
The temple was called Wat Rai Phrik originally and dates from the early Ayutthaya period.

Practical information about Wat Intharawihan

Free admission
Open from 6 am to 6 pm
To get to Wat Intarawiharn the most practical is to take the Chao Phraya Express boats to Rama VII Bridge. Then it's a few minutes walk. Otherwise, there are some buses stopping near the temple like lines 3 - 32 - 49 - 53 - 65

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Intharawihan is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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