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
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.