Wat Rachapradit

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Nov
2021

Wat Rachapradit

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Located in the northeast corner of the former Saranrom Palace gardens (now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), this charming, peaceful temple is rarely visited by tourists. It was built in the mid-19th century by King Mongkut (Rama IV) and his East-meetsWest taste in architecture is apparent in the choice of building materials. The main wihan, for instance, is covered in forbidding gray marble. The interior murals were painted in the late 19th century and depict the festivals of the Thai lunar calendar. Among other scenes are some extravagant preparations for the Giant Swing ceremony, people celebrating the annual Loy Krathong water festival, and an image of King Mongkut observing an eclipse of the moon. Striking carvings adorn the doors, eaves, and gables of the temple. Other notable edifices in the grounds of the wat include graceful pavilions, Khmerstyle prangs, and a gray marble chedi. Near to Wat Rachapradit, next to Khlong Lot, is a small gilded boar, a shrine to Queen Saowapha Phongsi (King Chulalongkorn’s consort), who was born in the year of the pig.

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