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Wat Buppharam

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A wooden wihaan reputed to be the oldest of its kind in Thailand is Wat Buppharam’s claim to fame, but this Ayutthaya-period temple has a few other surprises that make it worth the two-kilometre trip from the old town.

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Established in 1652, the wat contains rows of centuries-old chedis rising beside a canal lined by old laterite walls and frangipani trees. Several ancient structures sport faded gold and crimson paint peeling from the wood and mortar surfaces. One features murals in Ayutthaya and Chinese styles, while another contains a striking reclining Buddha along with other ancient images. The whole place looks and feels like it could have been plucked out of Ayutthaya Historical Park.

Strike a pose. Photo taken in or around Wat Buppharam, Trat, Thailand by David Luekens.

Strike a pose. Photo: David Luekens

The temple oversees a small museum stuffed with ancient Buddha images, votive tablets, bronze implements and antique ceramics hailing from from Sukhothai, China and beyond. It’s often locked but resident monks can open it upon request. You could also wander towards the back of the grounds for a look at giant antique ox carts parked beneath the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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