Wat Chai Chana Songkhram

Historical but not gorgeous

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What we say: 1 star

Just to make life a little more confusing, Bangkok is home to two temples named Wat Chai Chana Songkhram. One of these wats is in Chinatown while the other is near Khao San Road.

Meaning “war victory” it makes sense that Chai Chana Songkhram would be such a popular name and we've got them both covered!

With regards to the Chinatown Wat Chai Chana Songkhram: Chao Phraya Bodindecha, a very religious chief commander during the reign of King Rama III, decided to build this mid-sized wat in 1848 after returning from victorious campaigns against the Vietnamese and Khmers. There's not too much to see here, save a couple of chedis out back. The wat is probably only a must-see if you're on an all temple tour of the city

The Wat Chai Chana Songkhram near Khao San was also built to celebrate victory. Not a total stunner, this wat is a little more interesting for its grounds, which feature lovely monks quarters and a beautiful spirit tree out back.

More details
Chinatown: Mahachak Rd; Khao San: Chakkrabong Rd
How to get there: Chinatown wat: Turn up Mahachak Road from Yaowarat Road and take the first left, which leads straight to the wat compound.
Khao San wat: A stones throw from Khao San Road. The closest river ferry stop is Tha Phra Athit (N13).
Last updated: 2nd February, 2012

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