Wat Nakhon Kosa

Wat Nakhon Kosa

A minor site

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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.

Travelfish says:

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.

Worth a quick look. : David Luekens.
Worth a quick look. Photo: David Luekens

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.

Transport information

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.

Contact details for Wat Nakhon Kosa

Address: By the train tracks
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º36'54.3" E, 14º48'4.9" N
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Admission: Free

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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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