Photo: Buddha image at Wat Mani Chonlakan.

Wat Mani Chonlakan

Our rating:

Wat Mani Chonlakan’s eye-catching chedi leans slightly to one side on a riverine island in the Lopburi River.

Travel better, travel smarter

Save money, receive our latest updates and get the most out of your travels.


Built in the mid 19th century, the chedi has an unusual design with three tiers boasting standing Buddha images in niches and 12 recessed corners leading up to a small spire that looks like the uppermost section of a traditional bell-shaped chedi. The chedi resembles the Chiang Saen style of Northern Thailand, making it look even more out of place in Lopburi.

The tower from a distance. Photo taken in or around Wat Mani Chonlakan, Lopburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

The tower from a distance. Photo: David Luekens

Known as Chedi Luang Por Saeng, the chedi was named after a famous monk who is depicted in a life-size wax statue in a neighbouring shrine. A shady riverside park stretches out around the chedi with benches and stairways leading down to the water -- check out the views of giant stilted fishing nets and rusty rooftops over in the Tha Pho market area. You also might walk down to a lesser-used southern bridge for a good look of the chedi towering above the river.

The rest of Wat Mani Chonlakan is located on the other side of Route 311, just west of a bridge. There’s little of interest here apart from a large seated Buddha gazing over the river and a handful of halls, including a boxy European-style wihaan, built by order of King Mongkut.

Wat Mani Chonlakan is worth a trip for the chedi and riverside scenery, but a big part of its allure comes from the picturesque walk through the old Tha Pho market area to get here from the rest of the ... Travelfish members only (Around 200 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

Don’t miss the boat!

Please subscribe to to read the rest of this article, or log in here.

Subscribing to Travelfish costs A$35 per year and it gets you access to more than 200 downloadable guides to specific destinations, fabulous discount coupons and 50% off our personalised travel planning service. Sign up here.


Popular hotels in Lopburi on Agoda

How to get there
Wat Mani Chonlakan is located just northwest of the old town on a riverine island. From the west side of Phra Narai Ratchaniwet Palace, head north on Phra Ram Rd and perhaps take a left down Tha Khun Nang Rd to check out a charming old neighbourhood before returning to Phra Ram and hanging a left. The temple is located just across the bridge. Admission is free.

Location map for Wat Mani Chonlakan

Book a flight, train, bus, taxi or ferry in Thailand with 12Go Asia

Popular attractions in Lopburi

A selection of some of our favourite sights and activities around Lopburi.

Best places to stay in Lopburi

A selection of some of our favourite places to stay in Lopburi.

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Lopburi.
 Check prices, availability & reviews on Agoda or Booking
 Read up on where to eat on Lopburi.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Lopburi.
 Read up on how to get to Lopburi, or book your transport online with 12Go Asia.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Lopburi? Please read this.
 Buy a SIM card for Thailand—pick it up at the airport when you arrive.
 Browse the web securely while travelling with TunnelBear. Try with a 7–day free trial.

Skip the queues!
Skip the queues!
Ad Book plane, train, bus & ferry tickets
with 12Go Asia.

Read more

See below for more sights and activities in Lopburi that are listed on

Top of page

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Lopburi? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

Top of page