Wat Intharawihan
Wat Intharawihan
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TequilaPepita
Bangkok, Thailand3,118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Solo
After the lockdown this is the best time to visit or revisit Bangkok with its beautiful Wats. Wat Inthsrawihan is worth the trip just for its beautiful standing Buddha! The grounds are also lovely. Highly recommended.
Written 27 June 2020
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DH
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg558 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Smaller temple and not overcrowded by tourists.
Main attraction is the 32 meters high Buddha statue.
Unfortunately the ordination hall and the surrounding area was not open to the public during the visit as a ceremony was taking place.
Written 28 December 2019
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EarthlingOnline
Worldwide3,744 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
Wat Indra Viharn has a relatively tall statue of the Buddha. Some tout it as the tallest in Thailand. <> The statue at Wat Buraphaphiram, in Roi Et, at ~60m tall, is about twice as tall as the one here. IMHO, it's also much more distinguished in setting and artistic merit. See the attached image of the much taller Buddha in Roi Et. More info in the link below, which IMHO does that statue more justice:
http://megaconstrucciones.net/?construccion=buda-templo-buraphaphiram

Wat Indra Viharn has a distinguished history – which one may find by googling it.

But what about the temple these days? I've been enjoying and appreciating the general area of this temple for over a decade, when I lived and worked in the area. My landlady showed me around the area, including to important temples. But not to here. I used to like the immediate vicinity of this temple, especially Trok Wat In, the small pathway that approaches the temple from the northwest. (See attached photo.) The temple was undistinguished (IMHO, and apparently in the view of my then landlady who did not bring me here), but was a bit spacious in the crowded neighbourhood. Now, however, a rapid burst of construction has hemmed in the giant statue (see attached photo) – making it almost impossible to view - and certainly to appreciate {if that is the appropriate term for something so large, so plain, and so 2-dimensional}. (See attached photos.) Outside the temple, to the back (e.g. SW from the temple) sit parked a bunch of tuk tuks – all seemingly having farang tourists as passengers. (See attached photos.)

Why not locals? Well, the true locals would normally come here by foot. So why all the tuk tuks?

The Big Buddha is widely acclaimed as one stop on the infamous Gem Scam route. That tour is often described as including a 20-baht tuk tuk tour. Read the documentation:

1. Here's a TA report of someone who was brought here as part of the classic “Grand Palace is Closed” gem scam.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293916-i3687-k3977471-New_WARNING_Gem_scam_yesterday_near_Grand_Palace-Bangkok.html

2A. Here's a more expert writeup by Richard Barrow, whose tweets and blog TA readers may have been following, for one reason or another. Especially recently. (This is not a promotion – I am not Richard and don't know him. But it is a citation of a potentially useful source of cautionary advice.)
http://www.thai-blogs.com/2007/04/09/the-great-tuk-tuk/
Note the familiar photo of this temple – a common stop on the route. If you find yourself taken to this temple on a tuk tuk tour (when someone tells you that the Grand Palace is closed for whatever alleged cause) – bail out of that tour now!

2B. In addition, the photo at the top of the blog below was taken on the temple grounds. Many temples have caged birds, which people pay to have released as a form of making merit (then the birds, or other ones, are recaptured for resale to another person). The normal price? 10 baht. Read the comments in the blog post:
http://www.thai-blogs.com/2007/04/11/tourist-scams-in-bangkok/

There is no claim here that the temple is involved in any scams. However, this place (1) has degraded IMHO to insignificance or worse, and is not worth a minute of your time, and (2) there are numerous claims, on TA and elsewhere, about the Big Buddha temple being part of the infamous gem scam tour. The Big Buddha temple is this place. Be forewarned. If you stumble into this place, don't accept any invitations, and don't get tempted to buy gems, suits, or anything else.

Note to TA staff – if you think that the links are a promotional or commercial – read them first. They are citations of reports about the character of the “attraction” being reviewed here, to help advise TA visitors to be careful if they visit.
Written 6 February 2014
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Fiver75
Melbourne, Australia12,093 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2012 • Solo
I really enjoyed visiting Wat Indra Viharn. Obviously the highlight is the 32 metre standing Buddha, which is quite impressive, although the artwork on the statue is a little flat and tacky – it is more the scale of the Buddha than the actual figure that is so impressive. I also liked the open lawn in front of the large statue, which provided a great vantage point and made the standing Buddha really seem like it towered over everything. The Temple is near one of the riverboat piers and within walking distance from the Grand Palace area. Also known as Wat Intharaviharn or The Standing Buddha.
Written 14 October 2012
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL21,610 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
Went there to check out the tallest Buddha located within the city limits. The area is pretty small, and the fee to get in is small and well worth it.
Written 25 November 2019
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SFBayAreaTrekker
San Francisco Bay Area (CA)563 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This is one big standing Buddha that rightly is the center of this temple. It helps remind ourselves that we are a small part of the universe.

There's space to sit and meditate, but walk around and see the grounds.
Written 5 October 2019
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Joel M
San Diego, CA64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
Was able to see this incredible sight by sure chance. We were told that it's not normally open to the public...Was able to witness several ceremonial offerings being performed and was allowed access to a blessing by the attending monks there. Was such a wonderful honor to be allowed to participate in the ritual. Lucky for us, it was available.
Written 15 May 2017
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Unicorn3K
Taipei, Taiwan90 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
If a Tuk-Tuk driver take you here, please be aware don't let him take you to the expo center/anything about jewel, is a scam.
Written 18 August 2015
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pinoytraveller2
Luzon, Philippines15,111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Family
This review is quite late. The Wat Intharawihan Temple is a short tuktuk ride from the hotel where we stayed. We were surprised to see how tall the statue is. It is best viewed from a distance. Nothing much to see or do here so we stayed only for a while and left after taking enough photos.
Written 21 November 2014
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pinoytraveller2
Luzon, Philippines15,111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Family
This is a late review. On our first day in Bangkok we did the city tour on our own. The tuktuk driver first brought us to the Wat Indra Viharn, a giant golden buddha located at the heart of the city. A good place to spend an hour and take some photos.
Written 20 May 2014
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