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“A temple to visit in Bangkok”

Wat Rakang Kositaram
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Bangkok Sunset Tour by Bike
Ranked #131 of 530 things to do in Bangkok
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“A temple to visit in Bangkok”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

Somdej Toh, a famous monk during the olden days of thailand. Also a well respected monk/abbott at Wat Rakang.

If you are wondering who is the founder of Somdej amulets? Its Somdej Toh. Wat Rakang is famous for Somdej Toh. Be sure to get one somdej amulet for all rounder purpose! (Luck, protection, love etc )

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“Wat Rakang - Visit here to see the famous bell as well as the fish feeding activity at the pier in front of the temple”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

Wat Rakang (Temple of Bells) is a second class Royal Temple on the west side of the Chao Phraya river that dates back to the Ayutthaya period.

Here you can see a traditional Thai style temple, wihan hall with a seated Buddha statue as well as an interesting bell in front of the temple. Apparently, a sacred bell was discovered at this temple during the reign of King Rama I. The bell was moved to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha at the Grand Palace and five new bells were provided to Wat Rakang in exchange.

Another interesting thing to see at Wat Rakang is the pier area in front of the temple. Here you will find vendors selling various fish species and baby turtles, which are considered lucky to purchase and release into the Chao Phraya River. If you visit on a busy weekend, you might be around to watch this activity happen a time or two.

You can also purchase fish food (pellets or bread) for 10-20baht, near the pier and feed the massive schools of large catfish that seem to always be around the pier in front of Wat Rakang. This is an impressive sight, seeing thousands of catfish being fed by residents, in search of good luck. There are also tourist boats that stop here so that boat passengers can fish the fish as well.

Overall, Wat Rakang is an interesting sacred temple in this area of Bangkok. However, what we found must memorable was the fish feeding scene and general activity at the pier in front of the temple.

Tip: Wat Rakang is a 15 minute walk from the popular Wat Arun Temple if you are interested in visiting attractions on the west side of the river.

Visited May 2014
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“A place for bless-seekers”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013 via mobile

This temple is famous among chinese for Achan Toh. Those amulets that were blessed by him personally or were blessed by other monks when he was still alive cost at least 3000bhts. It is hard to go but if you are seeking bless, you can get there from N10 pier and walk for 10-15 mins.

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“Nicely old and atmospheric”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

If you come at the right time when there are not too many people, this can be an enjoyable visit. There's some nice old architecture and the temple grounds are quite atmospheric. It is also easy to reach by boat. Of the Thonburi temples, this is one of our favorites.

Visited December 2012
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“Peaceful and Beautiful Gold Buddha Statue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

This place is quiet and not crowded at all. You can do some good merit for yourself by pouring holy water to wash some buddha statues in this smaller room. On the grounds there a cartoon statue of a monk holding an alm - cue, picture time! And don't forget to take a picture of the blue bell signifying the name of this temple itself. In the temple there's a big Buddha statue and the walls are adorned with interesting detailed murals. You're not restricted in taking pictures in here but it's polite to ask the Buddha to excuse yourself to take some pictures. It's a nice, pleasant place to wind down after coming from the noisy, bustling atmosphere of Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo.

Visited April 2013
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