A revered site
Published/Last edited or updated: 28th May, 2016
Originally built near Wat Doi Khao Kaeo on the west bank of the Ping River, the shrine was moved to its current location in 1947. This was also when the Thai Fine Arts Department commissioned a life-size statue of King Taksin to be enshrined in a Thai-style marble mondop. The Tak governor-turned-general-turned-king of Siam is depicted sitting with a sword on his lap, wearing his signature pointed round-brimmed hat.
Draped in trees and gardens, the area around the shrine has been taken over by countless offerings of horse statues -- feel free to buy one from the on-site shop and offer it for good luck. King Taksin is one of the all-time most revered kings of Thailand’s 800-year history, so be sure to dress and act respectfully here.
The King Taksin Shrine is located off the north side of Charotwithithong Road, or Highway 12, a quick walk west of the TAT office on the north side of town.
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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