Photo: Seated Buddhas at a Wat in Ayutthaya.

St Joseph's Church

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.

Photo of St Joseph's Church

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.

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.

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Last updated on 27th November, 2014.

St Joseph's Church
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