While not all that impressive from an aesthetic standpoint, Wat Nakhon Kosa is notable for including distinctive attributes from the three main periods of Lopburi’s long history.
The overgrown mound may look like nothing but a pile of old bricks, but it was once a large Mon-style chedi built at some point during the Dvaravati period from the 6th to 10th centuries. Closer to the tracks stands a small prang that first appeared during the Lopburi period and was outfitted with stucco standing Buddha images during the Ayutthaya period. The remains of a small wihaan commissioned by King Narai and an old spirit tree complete the site.
Wat Nakhon Kosa stands atop a small hill beside the train tracks and within sight of Phra Prang Sam Yod and San Phra Kan. While not worth going out of your way for unless you’re really into the history, it makes for an easy stop on the way to the larger sites.
How to get there
Wat Nakhon Kosa is located on the east side of the train tracks, just south of San Phra Kan shrine and north of the train station.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 7th September, 2016.