Dragon temple in Thailand
Thailand has some intriguing towers and buildings that depict animals, like the giant frog museum building in Yasothorn Public Park.
Only one hour away from Bangkok lies Wat Samphran, a temple that houses a 17-storey dragon tower that extends 80 metres into the sky.
Thai temple wrapped with a swirling dragon
Officially registered in 1985, the Buddhist temple’s architecture fuses Chinese-Thai design. The temple grounds are built in the traditional Thai-Buddhist style, with a great emphasis on gold and spires. While dragons play a pivotal role in both cultures’ lore, the dragon at Wat Samphran is built in accordance with Chinese depictions of the creature.
In order to climb the tower, visitors must ascend through the inside of the dragon’s body.
Once they reach the top of the tower, which is a worshipping site, visitors are rewarded with a panoramic view of the Nakhon Pathom’s abundant rice paddies and villages.
Take in the view, however, it’s important to refrain from speaking as an act of respect towards locals who go to the site to pray.
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Other structures at Wat Samphran
Wat Samphran temple grounds also boast a large golden Buddha statue and other animal statues that play a part in Thai and Chinese lore.
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Also, there are other statues of giant animals around the temple, such as the white rabbit – that symbolises luck and quick-thinking. There is also a rather large turtle figure, which is said to be one of the four sacred animals; the reptile represents wisdom, resilience and prosperity in traditional Chinese belief.
Nakhon Pathom dragon temple
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There are so many overlooked places around Thailand and this place is one of them. It’s only 45 km – 50 km away from Bangkok city, Wat Samphran is a good choice for daytrippers looking for a sense of adventure.
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