Photo: Popular with Khao San Road touts.

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Wat Indraviharn

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Standing 32 metres tall and 10 metres wide, the Buddha image at Wat Indraviharn is one of the largest in Bangkok.

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Crafted during the reign of King Rama III and touched up on various occasions, the giant image stands exposed to the elements, covered in sparkling gold-tinted panels that twinkle in the sunlight. Drawing a mix of Thai merit makers and curious travellers, it’s one of several famous Buddha images in Thailand known as Luang Phu Toh. Relics of the historical Buddha were supposedly brought from Sri Lanka and enshrined in the image’s topknot.

Yes, Wat Indraviharn is tall. Photo taken in or around Wat Indraviharn, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Yes, Wat Indraviharn is tall. Photo: David Luekens

The wat is quite small, with a surrounding cloister displaying a benjarong porcelain collection among other bits of curio. On the other side of the lane stands a large ordination hall sporting murals of early 19th-century Bangkok along with a vivid portrayal of the Buddha’s parinibbana (death and extinguishment into nirvana) on the interior walls. It also has air-con, but you can’t go inside unless dressed properly.

Wander around to check out small mortar chedis with floral designs held up by quirky pairs of men, one sitting on the shoulders of the other. Wat Indravihan (also spelt Intharawihan) is often included on the tuk tuk tours touted on the streets around Khao San Road.

Enjoy the peace within. Photo taken in or around Wat Indraviharn, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Enjoy the peace within. Photo: David Luekens

Wat Indravihan is just off Samsen and Wisut Kaset roads, a kilometre north of the west end of Khao San Rd. You can access it from the west via Samsen Soi 10 or from the south through the temple gate off ... Travelfish members only (Around 200 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Wat Indraviharn
Wisut Kaset Rd
Mo–Su: 06:00–18:00
Admission: Free

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