Phra Samut Chedi

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Itt P
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Jan 2020 • Friends
Phra Samut Chedi locally called “Phra Chedi Klang Nam” or “Pagoda in the river”, located opposite Samut Prakan Provincial City Hall on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, was a brilliant white stupa on an island in the middle of the river that greeted foreigners arriving in Thailand over 150 years ago. The Chedi or stupa was originally built by King Rama II on an island partly naturally caused by the accumulation of sand brought down by flood waters, completed by King Rama III and later added its height to 38 meters by King Rama IV who wanted to show all visitors to Thailand that his people were Buddhists. Over the years the river was silted up even more and eventually the island became part of the river’s west bank. It houses 12 sacred relics of Lord Buddha, an image of Buddha “Phra Ham Samut“ in the posture of pacifying the ocean and an image of well-known monk “Phra Chai Wat”. Phra Samut Chedi is presently the proud symbol for Samut Prakarn Province.
Written January 20, 2020
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bobjanh
Brisbane, Australia1,608 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Whilst the Chedi itself is am impressive structure in a nice setting with equally interesting further buildings in the area, it is getting here that is the fun,

Located on the West Bank of the Chao Phraya River, a ferry trip across the river is needed which departs from Samui Prakan pier and costs B5.5 each way. The ferries run on a very regular basis from before dawn well into the evening. On getting to the other side, pass through the ferry terminals to the roadway out the front and turn right: it is about 500m to the Chedi.

A visit should be combined with the walk out to the old river fort as well: in all, makes for an interesting little adventure.
Written November 3, 2019
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,216 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
... extremely beautiful at night all lit-up in pink. I was actually headed to see Phi Suea Samut Fort which is right across a small walking bridge from the chedi. It was late and was unable to enter the chedi grounds, but I got some awesome views and pics from the outside. I got there by riding the BTS to Pak Nam Station, walking 15 minutes to Pak Nam Market Ferry Pier, taking the ferry to the other side of the river. Too easy.
Written June 11, 2019
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BangkokSachse
Bangkok, Thailand38,946 contributions
Mar 2019
We parked our car at the temple near the Pak Nam Market ferry pier. We took a 5.5-Baht cross ferry to Phra Samut Canute Chedi. We walked through the market and reached the temple in 10 minutes. The temple is just OK. It is riverside but its pier is broken. We spent about one hours at the temple.
Written March 31, 2019
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David B
Rayong, Thailand9,813 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Phra Samut Chedi sits on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, originallyit was on an island in the river, but silt deposits have long since connected the island to the mainland.

In fact, a hundred or more years ago, one of the first things that foreign visitors would have seen as they sailed up the Gulf of Siam towards the Chao Phraya and Bangkok would have been the white pagoda, which then was called Phra Chedi Klang Nam, meaning "The Pagoda in the River".

The origins of the temple date back to the reign of KIng Rama II with work starting in 1827. But he died and the pagoda was completed by King Rama III a year later.

Even later King Rama iV wanted to show all foreign visitors to Thailand that the people were Buddhists, so increased the height of the chedi to 38 meters.
Written February 14, 2018
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