Just north of the old town on Thaluang Road, the King Taksin shrine is a small, nine-sided structure topped by a roof designed to look like the pointed and round brimmed hat that Taksin was known for wearing while riding into battle.
Ever since the shrine was built in 1920, a steady stream of locals have made daily offerings to the small statue of the king that sits inside the shrine surrounded by flowers, candles and statuettes of fighting cocks, considered symbols of strength. There's not a whole lot to see, but it's worth a stop if wanting to pay respects to Chanthaburi's beloved hero-king.
Right across the small road leading to Taksin army camp (visible from King Taksin shrine) is the city pillar shrine, which was built under order from Taksin after he became king in the late 1700s.
The shrine houses a gold pillar devoted to the city's guardian spirit and most locals pay their respects to both the Taksin shrine and the city pillar shrine in one trip. The grounds also feature some massive old banyan trees, elaborate and colourful Chinese-style dragon statues, a handful of old cannons and a fountain where water tumbles forth from fake durians and mangosteens.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd December, 2014.