Wat Tha Ka Rong

Wat Tha Ka Rong, Ayutthaya

Wat Tha Ka Rong
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Not to be missed during week ends - bike there
Jul 2019
This place is insane, bordering surrealism. An ethnological experience. The antithesis of what you can find in the ruins or like in Wat Thammikarat where fervor can be found. You can easily access Wat Tha Ka Rong by bike, in particular if you do a loop coming from the North East to the North West, a good stop before going to Wat Chai Wattanaram for the sunset. I don't want to spoil it for you, but the place in the most amazing accumulation of religious stuff of every color and material for many religions. The place is incredibly colorful. The fun lies in observing people and places of "worship". A paradise for photographers. The place is also very big, with lots of different areas to explore. A funny game: try to spot the anachronisms, like the life-size statue of an American native chief ???? Have a rest and a cold drink in a route 66 chair made from a barrel ... Don't be scared by the animatronics skeletons ... Not a loss of time if you are in for something different. During week ends, it is crowded (hence interesting). I stayed several hours (see below), and I did not see any other foreigner. On week ends, there is also a food floating market. When you go past the sellers of religious souvenirs, towards the river, you'll reach a floating platform. Many kitchen boats are attached to it, proposing a couple of dishes each. The platform has tables and chairs, and places selling cold water. Just choose any food and eat at the tables. The food is delicious and ridiculously cheap (starting 20B/dish). At the east corner, there is a larger boat moored to the platform proposing foot massage (250B/h) and full body massage (350B/h), again very cheap. I arrived at the temple around noon, spent time in there, had lunch at the floating market, and a massage (fantastic after a 5h of biking under a sizzling sun). I got in time for the sunset at Wat Chai Wattanaram. Note I started my bike journey with Chao Phrom Market and made the Northern loop following the river and Lopburi, that allows visiting the temples on the way. After Wat Na Phra Ren, going NW along Phraya river to the bridge to cross it and head back on the other side to Wat Tha Ka Rong (heading SE), you'll be outside Ayutthaya, nearly in the countryside. This is also where muslims seem to have been "parked", i.e. away from the "island". On Sundays, there are muslim weddings, and if you happen to follow the sound of arabic music, you may end up being invited to share a tea ... There are several mosques on the way. The bike ride is also an interesting experience, as you'll see another facet of Ayutthaya.

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Ashok M
New Delhi, India86 contributions
Oct 2019
I was pleasantly surprised to see this modern and blossoming Wat amidst the famed array of historical and ancient Wats and Prangs of Ayuthyya. Though I was pre-warned about money sponging strategies in this Wat, I came out without donating even a single bhat - no one even approached me for a pice. The Wat turned out to be a mixture of the devout, the religious and pious items rubbing shoulders with the modern and automated Superman and Batman. What was unique for a Hindu was a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha - called the "Elephant God" in Thai. I have not seen such a variety of Ganesha images in one single temple even in India.
Everything was bright and colourful right from the festooned entry to the Hall of Statues which houses giant statues of Lord Buddha and revered monks. Golden Buddhas with bright and accoutrements were placed all over the Wat in separate temples. Smaller temples were bright with chandeliers, flowers and golden lamps. A lot of environmental displays to engage the children including figures of chickens and garlanded crows ! I have yet to see such crows in India. I felt happy that I followed my taxi drivers advice to turn into this Wat.
Written October 18, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

icbernard
Marseille, France190 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
This place is insane, bordering surrealism. An ethnological experience. The antithesis of what you can find in the ruins or like in Wat Thammikarat where fervor can be found. You can easily access Wat Tha Ka Rong by bike, in particular if you do a loop coming from the North East to the North West, a good stop before going to Wat Chai Wattanaram for the sunset.
I don't want to spoil it for you, but the place in the most amazing accumulation of religious stuff of every color and material for many religions. The place is incredibly colorful. The fun lies in observing people and places of "worship". A paradise for photographers. The place is also very big, with lots of different areas to explore.
A funny game: try to spot the anachronisms, like the life-size statue of an American native chief ???? Have a rest and a cold drink in a route 66 chair made from a barrel ...
Don't be scared by the animatronics skeletons ...
Not a loss of time if you are in for something different.
During week ends, it is crowded (hence interesting).
I stayed several hours (see below), and I did not see any other foreigner.
On week ends, there is also a food floating market. When you go past the sellers of religious souvenirs, towards the river, you'll reach a floating platform. Many kitchen boats are attached to it, proposing a couple of dishes each. The platform has tables and chairs, and places selling cold water. Just choose any food and eat at the tables. The food is delicious and ridiculously cheap (starting 20B/dish). At the east corner, there is a larger boat moored to the platform proposing foot massage (250B/h) and full body massage (350B/h), again very cheap.
I arrived at the temple around noon, spent time in there, had lunch at the floating market, and a massage (fantastic after a 5h of biking under a sizzling sun). I got in time for the sunset at Wat Chai Wattanaram.
Note I started my bike journey with Chao Phrom Market and made the Northern loop following the river and Lopburi, that allows visiting the temples on the way.
After Wat Na Phra Ren, going NW along Phraya river to the bridge to cross it and head back on the other side to Wat Tha Ka Rong (heading SE), you'll be outside Ayutthaya, nearly in the countryside. This is also where muslims seem to have been "parked", i.e. away from the "island". On Sundays, there are muslim weddings, and if you happen to follow the sound of arabic music, you may end up being invited to share a tea ... There are several mosques on the way. The bike ride is also an interesting experience, as you'll see another facet of Ayutthaya.
Written July 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tawan U.
Bangkok, Thailand254 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Decorated with many ways of how you can donate to the temple. It's nice to see each while walking further into the temple. Don't forget to stop by at their floating market for some nice food.
Written March 26, 2019
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The Hotel Hunter
Bangkok, Thailand123 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
I mean this place is average and not historical much as other places in Ayutthaya but if you really have free time, you can go there to see and may donate money something like that.
Written January 4, 2019
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VivaHawaii
Honolulu, HI593 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
This was an interesting stop as it actually took me a while to figure out where the temple was. It is in a covered market-like area selling various religious items as well as lots of food/snacks. Once I realized where the temple was (in the middle of the area) I found it to be quite interesting!
Written September 14, 2018
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BangkokAndy1976
Bangkok, Thailand434 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
This place is horrible. It's like a money grabbing cartoon trying to pick your pocket in the name of religious donations. Avoid this place at all costs and visit some real temples instead.
Written February 13, 2017
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Don P
Dallas, TX14,494 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
One of the most unusual temples I have been to. There were many tents and buildings with very modern statues and 'art works' with places to donate money. It was like a modern art museum with all the art-work having a donation slot. Packed with lots of art. Surreal mixture of pop culture, commerce, and Buddhism. There is a traditional temple deep in the complex with an old Buddha statue. Worth a visit just to gawk. Don't go if you are easily offended at commercializing religion.
Written September 21, 2016
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fadanothai
Ayutthaya, Thailand519 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
This temple has many different buildings, some very extensively decorated and most with interesting displays and "games" for making merit, which means donating money. I suggest getting rid of your extra coins here! There are indeed some crows and other birds, and a market at the entrance and by the river. There are plenty of photo ops
Written February 9, 2016
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jobst56
Hamburg, Germany1,707 contributions
Jan 2016 • Solo
I've seen hundreds of Buddhist temples, but this one stands out. It seems to be a mix of a fun park and a ghost ride - sorry to say.
First of all, the indicated situation on trip advisor's map is WRONG. Wat Taka Rong is on Road 3412 not far from the bridge and very close to Wat Kasatthirat Worawiharn.
I still don't know too much about buddhism, but a visit here leaves a lot of questions. Take a local guide to explain.
Have a look at the toilets - also special.
Written January 7, 2016
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