The modern white wihaan of Wat Kaewkorawaram floats over the centre of Maharaj Road like something out of a fantasy novel.
Lined by long and colourful statues of guardian naga serpents, a long stairway takes you up to a blue-roofed hilltop structure that will challenge your preconceptions about Thai temple architecture.
We arrived to find a gang of rag-tag kid monks running about at the top of the stairs and eagerly posing for our camera in front of the bright white ordination hall. While the outside of the structure has a definite modern edge, the inside is more traditional with a dark crimson ceiling, wall murals and a typical seated Buddha image.
A neighbouring hillside garden area is decked out with artificial waterfalls, frangipani trees and real-life peacocks. Beyond that you’ll find the old temple grounds, which are far more ordinary but worth a peek if you're into traditional Thai temple architecture. This is the central city temple and is home to a fair number of monks -- do dress appropriately.