Wat Intharawihan, also known as Wat Indravihan, is a Buddhist temple complex near the Chao Phraya River known for its massive standing Buddha image. Anyone who has ever visited the Thewet area will remember seeing a large and beautiful golden Buddha from a distance, whether from the side of Samsen Road or driving down from Rama VIII Bridge. “Luang Pho To” is a significant symbol of Wat Intharawihan, a well-known old temple in the Thewet area.
Wat Intharawihan story
Wat Intharawihan, the temple was built in 1752 beginning of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, It is the third class royal temple. It was originally named Wat Rai Phrik or pepper field temple in the Thai language because there had a garden of pepper surround the temple at that moment. During the reign of King Rama, I after restoring the temple changed the name to Wat Intharawihan During the reign of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) in the early 20th century. The most famous in the temple is high standing Buddha statue known as Luang Pho To which is the highest buddha status in Bangkok, 32 meters in height, and 10 meters wide. Moreover, the temple has Relics of the Buddha which was a gift from the government of Sri Lanka in 1978 at the top of the status.
What is most interesting in Wat Intharawihan?
Luang Pho To Buddha statue
Luang Pho To or “Phra Si Ariyamettrai”, The highest buddha status in Bangkok. It had to spend the amount of time to complete the status around 60 years between 1867 and 1927, The cause of delayed construction in King Rama IV came from the death of “Somdej Toh” who was the pioneer in this project however the construction still going on until complete in King Rama VII.Do not miss seeing a huge Buddha status from your eye and worship for a better life.
How to behave when you visit a temple
The regulation of Wat Intharawihan is similar to other temples in Thailand, the prohibited dress is Short pants, short skirts, tight shirts, thin clothes, tank top, flip-flops, sleeveless shirt, and do not take the shirt outside of the pants. There is no cost to visit the temple, The temple opens daily 08.00 AM – 5.00 PM. For more information please contact 02-628 5553.
How to travel to Wat Intharawihan
Travel with BMTA and walking.
Taking bus number 65 at Sanam Luang and get off the bus station in front of the bank of Thailand then across the street to another side, will meet the temple. You can check the cost of the bus through the link to the website below.
The starting point: Sanam Luang