Wat Supattanaram

Expressway religious fusion

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What we say: 2.5 stars

Built on the orders of King Rama IV to provide a temple for royal ceremonies, this wat was erected in a tranquil setting on the bank of the Moon River.

The bot was built in 1920 and shows an interesting mix of three distinct styles: a Khmer influenced base, a German midsection and Thai styled roof. Designed by a highway engineer, it seems they couldn't quite stop themselves from using loads of concrete. Note the grinning temple lions at the entrance, poised to pounce and the dragons instead of spirits on the eaves.

The wat claims the largest wooden bell in Thailand but it's not possible to ring it. Wat Supattanaram is worth a stopover, even if you spend most of your time down by the river’s bank feeding the fish, a favourite activity with the locals.

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Last updated: 14th September, 2012

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