Wat Kate Na Boonyaram

Displays a mix of influences in the centre of town

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Difficult to miss in the middle of town between Benchamarachuthis and Sukhapiban Roads, this temple reflects the mixed heritage of Chanthaburi perhaps better than any other.

Chinese-style gateways open to the 200-year-old temple, which boasts a large image of Garuda (Thailand's national emblem) and the seal of King Rama V, who sanctioned a restoration of the temple in the early 1900s.

Deep reds and golds decorate the the main hall, which houses a sparkly gold Mahayana bodhisattva image of Guanyin in an unusual seated meditation posture, along with a laughing Maitreya image and Thai Theravada-style Buddha images at the main shrine. The temple is one of Chanthaburi's main landmarks, and the day market that sets up nearby is one of the best places in town to sample Thai sweets.

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