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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.
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 on 2nd February, 2012.