Wat Kaewkorawaram

The new on top of the old

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What we say: 2.5 stars

The new white wiharn of Wat Kaew floats over the centre of Maharaj Rd like something out of a fantasy novel.

This shiny structure with a blue roof is reached by a relatively long staircase with colourful naga guardian serpants which are quite well done. We found a gang of rag-tag kid monks running about at the top of the stairs. While the outside of the structure has a definite modern edge, the inside is more traditional with a deep red ceiling, murals and a typical seated Buddha image.

A neighbourhing hillside garden area, also newly developed, is decked out with artificial waterfalls, frangipani trees and real life peacocks. Beyond that are the old temple grounds, which are far more ordinary but worth a peek if you're into traditional Thai temple architecture. This is the central city temple and is home to a fair number of monks.

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Maharaj Rd
Last updated: 16th September, 2013
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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.

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