Wat Suthi Wararam

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Wat Suthi Wararam
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Neighborhood: Riverside
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  • Saphan Taksin • 9 min walk

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Don't Miss This Overlooked Gem in Bangkok
Dec 2018 • Couples
We've passed this wat more than once walking down Charoen Krung Road to the dim sum shop near the Watprayakai Post Office, but never stopped in until New Year's Eve last year when we saw a small sign advertising "Buddhist Art" and a festival in progress.

We weren't disappointed.

The wat is elegantly decorated. Take a look at the attached pictures.

An extensive collection of Buddhist themed art - statues, paintings, textiles, architectural features, a collection of very beautifully rendered 38 auspicious Buddhist symbols. There's a chart on an external wall with copies and English translations of the meaning of the latter. One of the wat's monks gave us a small booklet with all 38 of the symbols and a description of their meaning.

An added bonus is the collection of posters on the wat external walls (see pix attached) with brief histories (Thai and English) which provide a good introduction to the history of Charoen Krung Road and some major sites in the neighborhood, e.g., of the building of Charoen Krung Road (the first concrete road in Thailand), Wat Suthi Wararam, Wat Yannawa, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, etc.

Still off the tourist path. Bangkok has so many great sites. But this wat is well worth a visit.

If you're coming from BTS Saphaan Taksin or the Shang-ri La Hotel, take a right on Charoen Krung.

After you pass under Saphaan Taksin (Taksin Bridge) there's a Taoist Temple just past the entrance to the park on the right.

Continue down the street to Wat Yannawa. Stop in for a visit. Definitely on the tourist path.

Then cross Charoen Krung, a bit further down is the Shine of Mae Tap Tim (another Taoist shrine) between Soi 63 and 65.

A bit further down is Wat Suthiwararam.

Just a bit further are two shops that sell provisions to the street food cart proprietors.
If you're there in the mornings, you can see the crowds of customers getting provisions for the day's sales.

Take a look in the shops and restaurants as you walk along. You'll see a lot of red shrines on the floors near the back of the establishments - a typical Chinese ancestor shrine.

Ignoring the time you spend visiting sites along the way, the entire walk one way is about 20 to 30 minutes. Well worth it.

If you don't want to walk, grab a #1 or #15 bus. Catch the bus across the street from Robinson's. Get off at the stop right by Wat Suthiwararam -- just before the pedestrian overpass bridge on Charoen Krung.
Written March 9, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Clive R
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK1,718 contributions
No tourists, yet close to the Central Pier, Sathron boat station.
Mar 2017 • Couples
Wonderful temple on the road between the Chatrium Riverside hotel and Sathron boat pier. We noticed it when we decided to walk to the station instead of getting the free ferry, so pleased we did as both the exterior and interior are beautiful.
It has two levels with red carpeted floors giving a very homely feel. I followed a monk up to the first floor and witnessed some form of intimate blessing for a family.

Well worth the effort if you can find the time.
Written March 16, 2017
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