Wat Ratchabophit - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama showing part of the compound of Wat Ratchabophit temple in Bangkok. The image shows the chedi rising above the other buildings.
Wat Ratchabophit - FURTHER INFORMATION
Wat Ratchabophit - Bangkok visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Wat Ratchabophit' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Central Thailand.
Wat Ratchabophit is a high ranking Royal Temple in Bangkok, situated near to the Royal Palace and Wat Suthat Thepwararam on Fuang Nakhon Road just east of Wat Pho. It is open to the public with free access, though is not as popular an attraction as the other temples nearby.
The full name for Wat Ratchabophit is Wat Rajabopitsathitmahasimaram, which means 'Temple under the Royal Construction with the Great Sacred Boundaries'. It was built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in the late 19th century and includes both traditional Thai and new European elements in the architecture and design, with some Gothic influence evident in places.
Central to Wat Ratchabophit is the round chedi, shown in this picture, which rises above the other temple buildings. The 'farang' door guards are European in style, dressed in blue uniforms, quite different to the fierce farangs found on other temples in Thailand.
Wat Ratchabophit is also a royal Mausoleum, and HRH Princess Vibhavadi Rangsit was cremated here on on April 4, 1977 in a state ceremony recognising her contribution to the country, particularly in the development of rural, southern Thailand.
Thanon Fuang Nakhon
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: Thanon Rachini (2, 60), Thanon Charoen Krung (1, 12, 25)
Ferry: Tha Tian Express Boat Pier
Walk: Wat Ratchabophit is bounded by Thanon Ratchabophit and Thanon Fuang Nakhon, about 1km east of the Royal Palace, Sanamluang park and the Lak Muang of Bangkok