Photo: Details at Songkhla’s most revered and historic temple.

Wat Matchimawat

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Filled with exquisite murals and statuary in a mix of Chinese and Thai styles, Wat Matchimawat is Songkhla’s most revered and historic temple.

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Also known as Wat Klang, the temple was established during the 17th century on land donated by a rich Chinese merchant. The Ayutthaya-style ordination hall houses a small Buddha image in an ornate pavilion surrounded by murals in the Central Thai style, depicting scenes from the Buddha’s life in elaborate fashion.

Stunning and deeply coloured murals. Photo taken in or around Wat Matchimawat, Songkhla, Thailand by David Luekens.

Stunning and deeply coloured murals. Photo: David Luekens

Outer walls feature Chinese-style decoration punctuated by Chinese warrior images that are similar to those found at Wat Pho in Bangkok.

Topped by a depiction of the Buddha teaching the Four Noble Truths for the first time after his enlightenment, a wihaan stands near a tiered chedi and Chinese-style pagoda. Tamarind and frangipani trees drape over the broad grounds, while the outer walls lead to images of yaksha giants kneeling directly over narrow Saiburi Road.

Varied influences on display. Photo taken in or around Wat Matchimawat, Songkhla, Thailand by David Luekens.

Varied influences on display. Photo: David Luekens

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How to get there
To get here from central Nang Ngam Road in the old town, walk east down Yala Road and you’ll come out across from the temple gate on Saiburi Road.

Wat Matchimawat
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