Wat Rakhangkhositaram


Wat Rakhangkhositaram is located on the western bank of Chao Phraya River, opposite Tha Chang landing


A telling vignette of ordinary people during the late Autthaya period can be glimpsed in this mural in the scripture repository of Wat Rakhangkhositaram. Men are engaged in building a house and a pivilion, while women are busy cooking
Wat Rakhangkhositaram
This royal temple of the second grade is located on the western bank of Chao Phraya River, opposite Tha Chang landing. Its original name was "Wat Bangwa Yai", an old temple built during the Ayutthaya period. The founder of the temple is not known. At the beginning of the Rattanakosin Period the name was changed to "Wat Rakhang", possibly owing to the ancient bell found there. King Rama I had the bell moved to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in the Royal Palace and built five bells to donate to this temple and also a belfry with four protruding porches.
Wat Rakhang was repaired during the Thon Buri period and at the beginning of the reign of King Rama I for which, the eldest sister of King Rama I was responsible. It was at that time that the name was changed to "Wat Rakhangkhositaram". It was again repaired during the reigns of King Rama III and King Rama V.


The monk cells in Thai style

Important Objects in the Temple
  • Phra Prang
  • The Ordination Hall
  • The Tripitaka Hall


  • The Main Prang within the galleries in front of the Mondop

    1. Phra Prang
    Erected by King Rama I during the renovation by his sister, this Prang is considered to be an important architectural achievement of the early Bangkok period. Very well proportioned, it is a standard example of this period. It is a single building standing by itself, without the front projection of the prangs of the Lopburi, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya. In later periods similar prangs have been built, but none is as beautiful as this one.


    One of the four Buddha images standing in the alcove at four sides of the Main Prang


    Buddha in the temple.


    Houses of the Holy Scriptures.


    This water tower inside the cabinet preaching the scriptures.




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