St Joseph's Church

Vietnamese-built church

Photo of St Joseph's Church, , Ayutthaya

What we say: 2 stars

Head east from Wat Chaiwatthanaram to check out this attractive, ochre coloured Catholic church with a large tower set in quiet surrounds on the south bank of the Chao Phraya.

Originally built by Vietnamese immigrants, the church was destroyed during the sacking of Ayutthaya in 1767 and sat in a ruined state for almost 100 years until finally being restored during the reign of King Rama IV.

Today it hosts a functioning congregation with regular Sunday services held. While probably not worth making the trip for unless you're really into churches, it makes a pleasant stop en route from Wat Chaiwatthanaram to Wat Putthaisawan. It's usually locked, but it does boast some lovely stained glass if you manage to get inside.

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South of the island
How to get there: From Wat Chaiwatthanaram, follow the roads that run closest to the river and keep an eye out for blue signs pointing the way to St Joseph's Church. It's also immediately west of Wat Putthaisawan if coming from that way.
Last updated: 27th November, 2014

About the author:
Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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