Contact: This temple is located at the foot of the Rama I Memorial Bridge on the Bangkok side Chakkaphet Road, Khwaeng Wang Buraphaphirom, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok Tel. 0 2225 1595
Wat Ratchaburana Ratchaworawihan or Wat Liap is an old temple located near the foot of the Rama I Memorial Bridge on the Bangkok side Chakkaphet Road, Khwaeng Wang Buraphaphirom, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok. It was constructed in the late Ayutthaya period by a Chinese merchant. It is considered as one of the temples in ancient traditions of having temples of the capital which were Wat Mahathat, Wat Ratchaburana and Wat Ratchapradit.
Phra Samphanthawongter Chaofah Luang Thepharirak, son of King Rama I's sister, had renovated Wat Liap before King Rama I named it “Wat Ratchaburana”.
During the World War II, since the temple had been located near the strategic points; Rama I Memorial Bridge and Wat Liap Power Plant, the important parts of the temple such as the main ordination hall with wall paintings by Khrua In Khong were blown up and entirely destroyed. Nowadays, Wat Ratchaburana has already been reconstructed.
Apart from Rama VI's reign, this temple was constantly renovated since Rama I – Rama VII. During the Pacific War, the important places especially the main ordination hall with Khrua In Khong's wall paintings were blown up again and were later reconstructed as seen today.
This temple has beautiful architectures which are a big Prang of King Rama III decorated with coloured tiles and a big and newly built Phra Ubosot (main ordination hall) with four gable ends and ground raised. The boundary marker of the temple (Sema) is the arts of Rama XI which is beautiful and outstanding.
Moreover, the decorative stucco was designed and sculpted by Sa-nga Mayura, the famous painter who painted wall paintings in Wat Phra Keaw's main ordination hall during King Rama VII's reign.
Visitors can visit for free from 05.00 – 20.00 everyday. The main ordination hall is open 17.30-18.00 daily.