Nonthaburi is an area with a rich historical past with ancient architecture dating back from the 17th century. Among those historical buildings is Wat Chalerm Phrakiat, originally built by King Rama III in honor of his mother and mother’s parents. This impressive structure is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, where his mother resided. With large trees and a massive compound, the temple is an ideal place for relaxing and escaping from the busy city. It also provides an ideal location for meditation, to find peace and tranquility.
Wat Chalerm Phrakiat itself is striking, mainly due its brightly decorated roof and white porcelain columns. The temple grounds are vast and green. The biggest attraction is the temple’s the largest bronze Buddha image. Inside the main shrine hall lays beautiful mural paintings. The walls are decorated with pictures of the Royal family during their visit there.
Wat Chalerm Phrakiat is a prized location for Bangkokians to have picnics and weekend day trips. The nearby new parks make for the perfect location for family gatherings. Other buildings that surround the temple are Phra Wiharn Luang, Wiharn Sila Khao, and Phra Chedi. Kan Parian Luang is a hall for sermons; the style of the building is a mixture of Thai and Chinese architecture. The monks living quarters are outside of the main temple. The buildings are elevated which is a throwback to Thailand’s past. The monks there care for animals as other temples do, but also have peacocks, turkeys, rabbits and chicken running around.
To get to Wat Chalerm Phrakiat, hop on a boat to Nonthaburi Pier and hire a long tail boat to the temple. For more information about Wat Chalerm Phrakiat, please do not hesitate to contact our concierge
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