Wat Rakang Kositaram

Wat Rakang Kositaram, Bangkok

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Guru Chillaxi
Bangkok, Thailand369 contributions
Visit Wat Rakang by boat
Dec 2019
I've never visited Wat Rakang by boat before, this is my first time. It is very convenient comparing to my past trips via car.
The temple is cleane and well set after major landscape improvement , it was not as crowded as I expected or comparing to Wat Arun, the majority of the visitors were local Bankokians coming to pay a respect to the famous former Abbot who was also held a position as the first supreme patriarch during King Rama the 1st and the other reknown abbot " Somdej Toh" who had a lot of contribution to the kingdom of Siam during King Rama the 4th era.
There is a belief among Thai's that visiting and paying a respect to Wat Rakang ( Rakang in Thai means "Bell" ) , you will be popular and be heard by other on your good reputations.
Overall, like I previously mentioned the temple is a lot cleaner and well maintained.The toilet is up to new standard. Tourist can also walk around the nearby restaurant and theater to enjoy an atmosphere during sunset. It's quite cozy.
Written December 23, 2019
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia1,282 contributions
Nice place to visit without the crowd
Dec 2019
Very nice mixture of temples and Buddha’s, located opposite the kings palace on the other side of the river.

Seems to have more locals than tourists which is nice.

It was nice also visiting at night as I stayed in hotel close by and got the chance to visit a few times.

Maybe not worth crossing river to see but worth a look if on this side of the river.
Written December 17, 2019
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Agkarajit
Chiang Mai, Thailand1,123 contributions
Temple of a late supreme patriarch
Oct 2019 • Solo
Over a hundred years ago, this temple was the residence of one of the highest respect supreme patriarch of the kingdom. Nowadays, the people casted a hugh figurine in memory of the supreme patriarch that stands high by the pier on the bank of Chao Phraya River.
Written October 12, 2019
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Kasper Killingmoe
Bangkok, Thailand3 contributions
Beautiful temple
Sep 2019 • Friends
Authentic experience meditating in a temple with monks. Few tourists compared to other temples. Close to a nice marketplace.
Written September 22, 2019
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1william5555
Hummelstown, PA236 contributions
Wat of bells
Jul 2019 • Family
The central worship is a sight to be seen. Don’t stop there walk around and look in all the surrounding buildings they also are lovely inside.
Written July 30, 2019
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JSolitude
Ostend, Belgium1,099 contributions
Come here if you've visited the more spectacular temples already
May 2019 • Friends
Although the temple is quite popular with the locals, the interior is far less spectacular than the more famous temples on the opposite river bank. If however you prefer less crowded and more 'off-the-beaten-path' temples, put it on your list. The best photographic view on the temple is actually from on the ferry boat (see my photo). Beware for bird droppings because there are numerous pigeons hanging around this area, due to feeding by the locals.
Written May 6, 2019
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baltimore-travlers
Baltimore, MD57 contributions
Traditional Thai Temple
Jan 2019 • Solo
Discovered this temple while looking for the ferry crossing back to the other side of Chao Praya River. The temple is very popular with Chinese and Thai's with many tourists boats stopping, since I wasn't dressed to enter the temple I only saw the out. It's nice and like many Buddhist Temples throughout Bangkok. It's easy to get to from the Grand Palace stop and a short ferry ride across the river.
Written January 16, 2019
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Ng B
Singapore, Singapore65 contributions
REFURBISHMENT OF TEMPLE WAT RAKANG
Dec 2018
This temple is in the midst of refurbishing and there is a huge Golden Bell which is being installed outside the temple. A very huge statue of one of Thailand very famous Top Monk is also being being erected outside the temple just before the famous Chao Phraya River. One of the must visit temple in Bangkok.
Written December 19, 2018
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Vajrabuddha
Borkenes, Norway38 contributions
Authentic temple with no tourists.
Oct 2018 • Couples
This Wat seems to be mostly visited by locals as I didn't see any tourists when I visited. I spent several hours on the site and was surprised by this. There is a full copy of the Tripitaka stored in a red wooden house towards the back of the temple complex which is worth visiting for blessings.
Written November 19, 2018
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MelvinLin
Singapore, Singapore2,186 contributions
Off the beaten track
May 2018 • Family
When we boarded the taxi, the driver was surprised when we told him our destination. He says that he sends locals to this place rather often, but almost never any tourists. Compared with most of the other famous (and touristy) temples in the city, this one is less magnificent or exciting. During our hour-long visit, we were probably the only group of tourists around. That however meant that we got the authentic experience, and being buddhists ourselves, we got to enjoy the spiritual experience of the place too.

It was overall a good experience, except for the fact that there are thugs hanging around outside the temple. When we arrived, a couple of them insisted on opening the car door for us, and then used that as excuse to demand "tips" - both from us and from the taxi driver. The taxi driver told us this was common outside the temple.

A positive side effect, though, was that because of the thugs, we found it really hard to get a taxi after our visit, since the taxi drivers probably avoid coming to the place if they could help it. We ended up taking the ferry (the ticket price is very affordable) across the river, where we saw a street market that led to the Grand Palace.
Written June 2, 2018
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