Wat Samphran
Wat Samphran
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  • Wallflower in Wonderland
    Washington DC, District of Columbia232 contributions
    Nice experience. About 45 minutes from BKK downtown
    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.
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written February 23, 2020
  • CKF
    2,201 contributions
    A temple with a twist--literally!
    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.
    Visited August 2020
    Written August 12, 2020
  • David Roy P
    Batemans Bay, Australia612 contributions
    Something Completely Different
    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 .
    Visited March 2020
    Written April 20, 2020
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jalee77
Singapore, Singapore494 contributions
Sep 2022
The main highlight is the dragon temple. It is open daily 8 to 5pm for you to go up through the dragon's belly to the top. It takes about 5 minutes to reach the top. You need to take off your shoes. You can leave your socks on. There are some nuns at the top who can speak reasonably good English. Donations are optional.

Besides the dragon temple, there are also other sights nearby. There are also some food stalls outside at the entrance.

To get here, I took the train to Lak Song MRT, the nearest station to Wat Samphran. Then, I took bus 84 (22 THB) from there until the nearest bus stop (Soi Wi Patchara Chiam Phatthana) (refer to attached photos) . After alighting, wait and board a blue songtheow (pick up truck ferying passengers) (8 THB) which will bring you to opposite the entrance of Wat Samphran grounds. On the return, board the blue songtheow at the entrance and alight opposite the bus 84 stop earlier. Take bus 84 back to Lak Song MRT.
Written September 8, 2022
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2mumies
Sydney, Australia313 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Visit this temple recently however, I was disappointed by the condition the temple is in.
At the entrance you will find nuns selling merit flowers and incense all via a donation some of the nuns speak very good English.
Around the base of the dragon are statue of the different Buddha representing each day of the week.
The colour of the dragon is not as vibrant as it once was I feel.
The tunnel you walk up to reach the dragons head is very hot although there are fan place within the tunnel they were not turned on therefore making it a very uncomfortable climb to the top. Once the tunnel ends you are required to go up about 15 step to come out under the dragons head. It is said to bring good fortune when throwing money into the mouth of the dragon.
There is also a Buddha to which you can pay merit and make a wish’s beneath the dragons head.
The view of the villages below are quite beautiful.
Also the concrete floor within the tunnel is quite slippery in places making it dangerous especially descending.
This temple has quite a sad history it is worth a read for those that are interested.
Written July 14, 2022
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IainNorthernIreland
Derry, UK531 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Wat Samlhran is about an hour's drive out of Bangkok and is often called the Dragon Temple, for obvious reasons. The drone photos on the Net are spectacular (check them out) though for earthbound visitors it's a bit of a challenge: you climb up a rough concrete pathway inside the dragon - having first removed your shoes (because it's a temple). Ouch. The lift is out of service, and the whole place in need of some TLC.
It was interesting but I would suggest it is best left to those with a special interest in wats.
Written August 1, 2023
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BeenAroundTheWorld
Las Vegas, NV965 contributions
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
Bangkok.
Written January 17, 2020
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Bangkokgirl2018
Phoenix, AZ135 contributions
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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leerockz
Singapore, Singapore292 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
Wat Sam Phran is a unique temple with tranquility. It’s not on the tourist map and even a lot of Thais do not know about this temple. It has been neglected for more than 20 years since the head of abbot Bhavana Buddho was sent to jail in 1995. He was sentenced to 160years in jail but according to Thai law the maximum jail sentence is 50 years. I would not want to elaborate on his crime as rumors are said that there’s a conspiracy in his case and he was framed. This temple is very popular in its heydays especially among the top Thai politicians. After the scandal of the head abbot was known no ones wants to talk about it as it’s considered a shame and taboo. That is why it’s not on the tourist map and not known

This temple has a dragon that wrapped around it building all the way to the top. There’s a walkway inside the dragon where I was told it can lead up to the 6th floor. (not accessible now) Inside the temple there are various Buddha statues. In the middle of the main hall there’s a coffin where the ex-head monk has slept in it for 39days. There were no heart beat on him and he was like a dead man. He woke up after 39days. The center of the hall where on top the coffin is located is covered with cloths, I was told when remove it can be seen through all the way to the sky.

Outside the temple behind the main entrance there’s a small replica of the temple on a table. You can make a wish and lift the replica temple. Lift it all the way to on top of your head. If you feel it’s easy and light to lift it your wish will be fulfilled. If it’s seems heavy your wish will not be granted. Do give a small token in the donation box should you make a wish.

Outside the temple there’s a big jar surrounded by dragons, it used to have water flowing out of the dragon mouth. You can throw a coin into the well and make a wish. You can also see the nine little dragons carrying crystal balls.

Towards the right building you can go up to the 3rd floor and there’s a huge Buddha statue where devotes used to pray there while the monk chant. You can still see a string tied from the hand of the Buddha statue. When monks chants white strings are configured like a spider web where all the devotees will be under it when they chant and pray. It is believe that all under the string during will be blessed.

A big white elephant is on the ground floor. There is also a history on this elephant. It was built to honor this elephant by the monks. It is believe that by touching the elephant legs and then touching your own legs, it will make your legs as strong as an elephant

As you walk you will also see a peacock temple (not accessible now). Further down you will come to a Dragon turtle temple where you can enter through the mouth and exit through the tail. Inside the turtle there are also some Buddha’s statues inside. Saw 2 hydraulic fork at the side of the entrance of the mouth and I assumed that in those days it can also be close ( the turtle mouth)

When you exit the turtle tail you will see a statue of rabbit and further down a Buddha statue with an umbrella. Along the way you will be crossing path and dragons bridges.

Further down there is the goddess of mercy statue where we did not visit

It was our lucky day as we were shown around by a friendly lady nun. We spent 2 hours at this temple with no regret. It’s a hidden gem and I don’t think you can find another temple like this anymore.
It is believed that the abbot will be released or pardon soon as I guess the followers of this temples are hoping that this temple will be revive again so do visit it if you have a chance before it happens.

Location:
Wat Sam Phran
Highway 3098
Sam Phran
Nakhon Pathom
Thailand
Written June 24, 2015
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JSprx
Bangkok, Thailand132 contributions
Oct 2013 • Solo
This isn't a tourist attraction. It's not in the centre of Bangkok. It's an beautiful, operational once in a lifetime kind of place. You'll never see anything like it again. Take Phet Kasem Road out of Bangkok and keep going straight for about 40km. It's on google maps anyway. It's so peaceful and quiet and you get the feeling that that's the ay the people would like it to remain. There is no tour guide or gift shop. There isn't even a sign. I arrived on my own and I was made feel very welcome. No one told me I couldn't be there or that it was closed. It is not a viewing tower so don't barge in there demanding to go to the top taking photos. There are plenty of sky bars in Bangkok for that. If you treat it like a working temple and respect those using it for worship you should enjoy this amazing place.
Written November 10, 2013
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sekjr0521
Farmington, CT107 contributions
Mar 2017
This site is about 40miles west of Bangkok. There is no bus, there may be a van - not sure cuz I couldn't find one. There might be one now. Ask where the vans are that take you to Arutthaya. People will recognize that - but they will not recognize if you ask for Wat Samphran. You really need a picture of the dragon for them to recognize it.

(take the BTS Sukhumvit Line to the Victory Monument. Walk on the walkway around the right, until you pass 2 streets below. Look down and you should see all these white extended body vans. That's where you go for cheep transportation! If you want to take a day-trip to Arutthaya - TAKE A VAN ! NOT A TOUR AGENCY!!! The van is only 60THB (about 1.71USD!!! ) one- way.) You really should contact me about how to cut expenses on visiting these different places...

Meanwhile - back to how to get to Wat Samphran... the Dragon! TAKE THE KIDS!!!

What I did was take the BTS Silom Line to the last stop - Bang Wa.

Go down the station stairs and go right, and walk until you see a taxi.

Most don't understand english so a picture, or the location in Thai would help OR

do what I did. An english speaking passerby helped me out.

I hired the taxi for 400 - which is cheep since they want 600. 400/600. The difference is 6USD.
And I asked that he wait for an hour while I visited. Actually - and hour is not long enough. Two hours would be better to be able to see everything.

Anyway, it's a good 45min one way AND --

try to go early, and return before say - 2pm because of commute traffic...

The site is wonderful. It is being maintained as best as they can because they are not on the tourist list. It seems the monk who built it, fell by the wayside with young girls, and was arrested. Since then, volunteers have done the best they can to maintain this wonderful site. So please - a donation of at least 10USD would be not only extremely helpful, but extremely appreciated.

You will be given a private tour - which was rushed for me because I only had an hour - even tho the taxi driver was a sweetheart!

If you leave early, and get dropped off at Bang Wa again, as you walk back to the RR station, there is an eatery on the left on a side street. Have lunch! Thoroughly enjoyable and delightful local contact!!!
Written January 22, 2018
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Sekjr
Groton Long Point, CT133 contributions
Mar 2017
40km (25miles) west of Bangkok is something unbelieveable! Take the BTS Line to the end - Bang Wa! Get off and go right for about a block, and look for a taxi.

Tell him where you want to go. A picture will help, or even better - in Thai. It should cost you 400THB ROUND TRIP!!! Anything more is being taken!

I gave him a 100THB tip because he agreed to wait an hour for me at the site. You'll need to get back SOMEhow!!!

It's over an hour drive - and you want to go like at 9am, so you can leave around 1pm and avoid commuter traffic into Bangkok!

Take your time there. There is so much artwork to see. It's amazing the time and effort.

No place to eat there...

Try to give them a donation. It would be not only appreciated, but well-worth it!

There's a nice roadside stand to eat on the left just before the Bang Wa station...

Written May 16, 2017
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overland13
Luton, UK78 contributions
we heard about this temple via web site it has to seen to belive a 300 hundred meter tower with a giant dragon climbing round it . we went there by taxi which is the best way to go as itis a long way out of bangkok . we got there and a nice lady called ubon who i think is in charge showed us round ,there is a a very nice garden with stone animals elephant,peacock dolphins all which relate to thai kings activites in monkhood a giantbuddah made of bronze , it is a temple you wont see like anywhere else in thailand the tower itself was closed to being unsafe , and all run by by ladies who welcome us with open arms
Written October 30, 2009
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