Wat Samphran

Wat Samphran, Sam Phran

Wat Samphran
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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74 reviews
Very good

CT1,971 contributions
A temple with a twist--literally!
Aug 2020
Wat Samphran, more commonly known as the Dragon Temple, has been on our Thailand list for a long time. We were finally able to get there, and what a treat!

The Dragon Temple is about 1 hour outside of Bangkok. We arrived around noon time. It was more crowded than we would have expected it to be, but that did not interfere with our enjoyment of this unusual building, a pink cylindrical temple designed with a dragon wrapping around it from top to bottom!

Right now, in August 2020, you can climb to the top only on the weekends. We visited on a Sunday, so all was good. The "climb" is really walking up a ramp, a ramp which is the inside of the dragon's body, so that is very cool. First, you will need to leave your shoes at the entrance because this is a temple. The climb is neither long nor difficult, but be forewarned that the concrete ramp is not always smooth and the final set of metal stairs is hot from the sun, so this may bother your feet. Plan accordingly and wear socks, as that might help with your comfort.

Once at the top, you will have wonderful views of the surrounding area, including a large Buddha at a temple below. You will be right below the dragon's head, so many good photo opportunities await you.

There is an interesting fountain on the property. You can toss coins into a variety of pots/urns, hoping for the outcome (good travel) stated on the outside of the pot. There is also a shrine inside a building designed as a turtle, and you enter through its mouth.

Fantastical but fun! Worth the stop! Allow at least one hour.
Written August 12, 2020
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David Roy P
Batemans Bay, Australia561 contributions
Something Completely Different
Mar 2020
As there were no guided Tours to this Temple which is around an Hours drive from Bangkok we Hired a Car and Driver for the Day . This was our 2nd Destination of the Day and we arrived around 11 am . Wat Samphran or the Dragon Temple as it is known is not your usual Buddist Temple . It consists of a huge brick tower 17 stories high with a huge Dragon encircling the Tower with its Head on the Roof . You enter the Dragon on the ground floor and make your up through the Dragons Belly until you reach the Top . The views fom the Roof are spectacular and well worth the climb . There are quite a number of other buildings and smaller Temples and a large Golden Buddah Statue . There are a small number of stalls selling Buddist artifacts but I am sure they could raise more money selling some Souveniers of the complex as they do Not at the moment . Admission is Free .
Written April 21, 2020
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Wallflower in Wonderland
Washington DC, DC227 contributions
Nice experience. About 45 minutes from BKK downtown
Feb 2020 • Family
Not for with no traffic. About 25 miles from the city took about 40 minutes by car. The grounds could use some cleaning and repair but all in all feels very local and it’s refreshing. The Dragon around the temple is a work of art and pretty cool to see in person. The lift hasn’t worked for a long time so be prepare to hike it up about 17 stories of stairs. No cost so recommend donating nicely on the items from monk and nuns around the property.
Written February 23, 2020
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Las Vegas, NV910 contributions
Bring lots of change 1-5 baht coins.
Jan 2020 • Solo
EPIC Day At Wat Samphran. You could spend all day here, lots to see besides walking all the way up the dragon tower.

It’s like walking through the ‘Never Ending Story’

If you come, bring lots of change 1-5 baht coins.

Try to pick a cool clear day or sunset. Remember to dress appropriately.

Takes about 90mins drive from
Written January 17, 2020
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Phoenix, AZ108 contributions
Just ok
Jan 2020
We took the underground and a long taxi ride in lots of traffic to get here.
It was just ok ...hard to take photos as trees growing around it’.
Grounds very unkept.
The building is interesting. But to me not worth a few hours.

Coming back the traffic was really bad..but the train was empty. That was a plus.
Written January 11, 2020
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Ban Pong, Thailand1,518 contributions
Interesting and unusual
Dec 2019 • Couples
One of the most interesting and unusual temples we have ever seen!
Located around 40km west of Bangkok.

The grounds actually have a few other things to see, there is a turtle shaped shrine, a short walking area that takes you past an elephant and peacock statues, there is a big golden buddah statue and also the vegan buddha statue to. I think the biggest draw will be the super unusual dragon temple.
Access to the upper floor is actually achieved by walking in the dragons body that's spirals the building. This is just a slope with no steps which has lights and fans along the length.
Once at the top you have an area that still under construction plus the stairs to the dragons head. At the top you have great views of the town and the rest of the grounds.
At the bottom there are the ladies who are doing prayer service helping you with drinks to purchase or explaining things, please remember these ladies who wear the lilac attire CANNOT BE TOUCHED out of religious respect.
Down stairs you have the usual buddha's and also the registration book. Entrance is totally free but donations are welcomed.

The whole area is quite neglected, the exterior could do with a paint, things need fixing etc, which is a real shame because this could be so spectacular. I guess being out of the touristy destinations they don't get the funds other temples get, so if you are there dig deep and if your not there then you should really give this place a visit as it is totally unique and unusual!
Written December 27, 2019
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Buriram, Thailand1,009 contributions
The view
Dec 2019 • Friends
A very unusual place, basically a tower with a dragon wrapped around it. You can climb to the top inside the dragon’s body for a great view across to Bangkok (on a clear day).
Written December 21, 2019
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Toronto, Canada11 contributions
Now, for something different!
Dec 2018
Pictures and words cannot really describe Wat Samphran. As there are so many beautiful temples all throughout Thailand, this one can truly be described as 'unique'. You can use the stairs, elevator (when working), or you can pass through the body of the dragon to get to the top of the 17 story structure. It's hot inside the body but they have some small fans throughout the concrete path to the top. Outside the temple are also other structures and sights that a worth a visit on their own.... It is free to come here but there are many places where you can leave donations. You can also buy snacks, etc on site. Although rundown quite a bit, it's still a beautiful, amazing place to visit when coming to Bangkok.
Written November 12, 2019
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Watford, UK62 contributions
BEST temple in Thailand hands down
Nov 2019 • Couples
Visited this temple on an early Sunday morning,9am, the place was half full of locals I really enjoyed the fact that no tourists were there, I took my drone out took a snap from above no one battered an eye, we took selfies together and had a laugh,, I took a grab from Central Bangkok made a deal with him for return, orignal price one way was 400 got the round trip for 600...

Well worth the trip you won't be disappointed the grounds are well kept and maintained there is also a turtle temple next to it aswell as a big golden buddah

Love it
Written November 2, 2019
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Andrea Rizzo
Shanghai, China105 contributions
Lovely Day trip
Sep 2019
I saw a picture of this on Instagram and decided to visit during my latest trip to Bangkok. Easily accessible with a local taxi (Around 300-400 THB each way, make sure they use the meter), and around a one hour drive from central Bangkok. You can ask your taxi to wait for you but it’s really easy to find another taxi there too. There’s not much to do around there, but there is a family mart if you’re in need of snacks / drinks.

The actual temple is stunning. The atmosphere is so peaceful and quiet and there aren’t many tourists here, so if you get the chance to go I 100% recommend it. Good for escaping the city for a little while and walk around. You can actually walk inside the dragon and climb all the way up to the top of the building.

Remember not to go sleeveless and wear long trousers/skirts just like you would in any temple.
Written October 10, 2019
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