Watch out for the dogs
Published/Last edited or updated: 27th July, 2017
King Rama V had the place built to welcome a group of Portuguese envoys, and he himself only stayed there once. The palace was converted to a monastery during the reign of Rama VII (1925 to 1935).
About 30 monks are cloistered there today living a particularly strict Buddhist existence -- they aren’t even allowed to handle money. It’s quite a centre of activity among Thais who come to make Buddhist merit or consult the monks.
If you’re very keen you can inquire about staying at a retreat in the temple complex, but this is not for tourists. There’s really nothing special here, including the view of the city, and unless you’re a Buddhist or student of the faith there’s no real reason to make the trip.
Green songthaews leave from in front of the police station and will take you there for 10 baht. From the road, it’s a brisk 10-minute walk up the hill to the wat at the top, which sits behind Khao Wang School. Watch out for the dogs as there are some quite nasty ones along the way -- though no monkeys, thankfully.
Address: 3km to the south-west of central Ratchaburi on Si Suriyawong Rd
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º47'40.56" E, 13º31'44.76" N
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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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