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Tony On Tour
Bangkok, Thailand215 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
Buddhists in Thailand and around the world come to worship. When visiting Samut Songkhram, Bang Krung Temple has a long history of about 300 years, with natural conditions. With a large tree covering In order to support the chapel to prevent collapse Is very beautiful Inside Phra Luang Pho Nilamanee More than 300 years old. I want everyone to visit and pay respect. Thank you
Written November 10, 2019
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dianne c
103 contributions
Oct 2019
We went here as part of our floating market tour. We spent less than 30 minutes here since it is just a small temple that has a tree growing above it. It is quite unique since no other temple in Thailand is like that.
There was not much else to see though. People come here to pray, and there are statues outside.
Written November 13, 2019
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sulingchee
Kampung Subang Baru, Malaysia127 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
Followed Klook tour and this temple was one of the stops in the itinerary.

This temple was apparently built during the Thai -Burma war and there was a Buddha inside this trees wrapped synagogue like. The Buddha inside the synagogue is covered with gold leaves stick by devotees for blessing and prosperity.

There were lots of stories told by our tour guide to us. There is also a female mannequin which some devotees prayed to. Our tour guide mentioned something about a spirit in the mannequin which the devotees pray to for blessings and protection.

If you walk around the compound, you’ll discover a stable of horses where you can actually feed them at the cost of THB5 as donation. The horses were adorable!
Written October 23, 2018
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Helene S
Houston, TX1,766 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
Wat Bang Kung (Thai: วัดบางกุ้ง), built in Ayutthaya period, played a large role in the history of Thailand.

In 1765, Burmese troops attacked Ayutthaya, moved along the Maeklong river, found and then destroyed the Bang Kung Camp associated with the Wat. In 1767, King Taksin the Great (King of Thonburi) regained the country's independence. He then created a garrison called the Bang Kung Chinese Camp. The following year, the Burmese King of Angwa ordered his troops to attack the Bang Kung Chinese camp again. Chinese troops fought valiantly and were almost defeated until King Taksin intervened. He recruited Maha Sura Singhanat and they collectively battled and defeated the Burmese. This victory ensured Thailand's independence as a nation.

Wat Bang Kung is a national archeological site. It is supported by the roots of four different plants- Pho (Bodhi), Sai (Banyan), Krai, and Krang- which stabilize the hall. The Buddha inside is continually covered in gold leaf by those who visit this historic temple.

Across the street is a simple zoo with goats, camels, and horses and some planes devoted to the camp. You can buy some feed to support the animals and there are no lines or fees for the bathrooms. Thank you Geng for the interesting history behind this Wat.
Written July 16, 2018
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SimonSim123
Singapore, Singapore996 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
Upon leaving the Amphawa riverside home-stay, our Thai friend drove us to visit the ancient temple Wat Bang Kung and the adjacent pristine Bang Kung Camp. The muay-thai fighters/warriors at one corner were on hand to welcome all visitors before they pass the King Taksin Memorial (of particular interest were the solid cannons and the majestic cockerels lining the memorial). However, the main place we looked forward to was Wat Bang Kung which was overgrown and swallowed/encased by some gigantic banyan trees and their roots, trunks and branches. The temple is still in use as well evidenced by the constant flow of visitors and devotees (locals and foreign tourists) entering the small ordination hall) and the surrounding premises; and the roof has been rebuilt from the inside. The visitor flow and movement was very disciplined (proper observance of etiquette in Buddhist temples): after some intent praying and worshiping, some visitors would walk a round circling the main gold-gilded Buddha image, before exiting the hall. Visitors could also participate in the worship activities at the temple entrance. Photographs were often taken only from the window openings and gaps in the enclosure wall.
From the continual arrival and departure of tour buses and coaches, it is obvious that the attraction has been gaining popularity as a must-visit touristy place for foreigner tourists. To us, it was indeed a place of wonder, as well as respect and homage. To avoid the big crowds, my Thai friend suggested it was indeed sensible to visit on a weekday.
Written December 1, 2015
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Kumiko
Nonthaburi, Thailand165 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
It is the old and small temple. It is amazing since there are 4 kinds of trees covered all over the temple.

When you are here in the weekend, you will find this place is really crowdy. However, if you are going in the weekdays, you will find not crowdy at all.

In the back, you can find the hot herbal drinks for free. It is good for patient/people who got ache on back, leg, etc. It is also good for the blood pressure.

The history of this temple is quite interesting . Unfortunately, they are written in Thai.
Written September 25, 2014
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Angel
Hong Kong, China234 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Came with with a tour after maeklong railway market. There are a lot of Kung fu statues there and people going in a temple to pray.
Written June 24, 2019
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Scott M
39 contributions
May 2019 • Family
This place is worth a visit. There are some interesting ruins to see at the base as you begin your climb to the summit (short walk). You walk through lush tropical gardens on your way up. There is a Buddha housed in a structure at the top, and magnificent panoramic of Bangkok to enjoy.
Written June 2, 2019
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jmguerra591
Lyndhurst, NJ71 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Wat Bang Kung was a strange little stop on our tour of Thailand. We exited our boat and were greeted by an area I didn't quite understand that had some vintage cars and planes, a camel, and some other animals. Across the street is the wat. It is neighbored by a strange collection of painted statues engaging each other in martial arts. The wat itself is a small, but impressive temple beautifully consumed by large tree roots. The site is also rich in history as the site of an important victory of the Thai army over Burmese forces. All in all worth a visit. A delightful perplexing visit.
Written July 17, 2018
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DarrenWKS
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia196 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
Even though there's a sign saying no camera, but you can still actually take pictures inside of the temple. Statue is all sticked with gold paper by the locals. Good place to visit but it's gonna be a short one.
Written May 12, 2017
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