Photo: Often overlooked.

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Wat Ratchabophit

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Despite its many beautiful attributes and convenient location in the historic district, Wat Ratchabophit is usually overlooked by travellers. Leave the crowds behind at the more popular temples and give this quiet mid 19th century wat a wander.

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Built during the reign of King Rama V (Chulalongkorn), the temple has an unusual design that centres on a 43-metre-high gilded chedi enclosed in a circular cloister. Adorned with unabashedly colourful segments of Chinese porcelain that combine to form elaborate lai Thai diamond patterns, the cloister is one of a kind.

See, it’s a circular cloister. Photo taken in or around Wat Ratchabophit, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

See, it’s a circular cloister. Photo: David Luekens

The colours—blues, reds and yellows all of a slightly faded quality—mingle with black lacquer window designs and doors inlaid with intricate mother of pearl designs. The overall effect yields one of Bangkok’s prettiest ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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