Wat Chai Wattanaram
Set across the river, facing the inner city, this royal temple is one of the most elaborate interpretations of the Mount Meru concept in ancient Khmer architecture, heavily influenced by the architectural style of the Late Ayutthaya Period (1629 – 1767). The principal prang, modeled after the Ancient Khmer prangs, symbolises the centre of the universe, while the surrounding chedis depict the four continents and the outer universe. Each corner chedi houses two huge Buddha images set inside a wooden frame. The surrounding galleries contain eight smaller chedis and feature ornate relief patterns. The four sets of stairs that lead up the principal prang are very steep, so visitors are advised to proceed with caution.
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 16:30
Location: Western bank of the Chao Phraya River
How to get there: From U-Thong Road, cross the bridge on the western part of the island (Highway 3263), turn left at the first intersection and continue on for about 2km