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  Wat Rai Khing
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Wat Rai Khing temple is located at Tomboon Rai Khing, Amphur Sam Phran, on the Tha Jien or Nakorn Chaisri riverside. It is 32 kilometers far from Bangkok. Wat Rai Khing is a member of Makayana denomination hierarchy. There is no evident when the temple was exactly built. From the hearsay, it was built in 1851 in the session of Somdej Phra Puttajarn (Puk) in the reign of King Rama IV. This temple has Luang Poh Wat Rai Khing as the president Buddha image. The Buddha image is in “Calling the Earth 

to witness” pose. Since this area was the residence of Chinese people in the past and they widely grew ginger. Therefore, the name of this village or community is called “Rai Khing”. Later, it was renamed as Wat Jindaram. However, people around here still call it Wat Rai Khing.    

 Tourists always visit the place to worship Lung Poh Wat Rai Khing Buddha image which was moved from Wat Sala Poon. It is presumed that it was the artwork of Lanna and Lanchang craftsmen. According to the legend, the Buddhe image was freely floated along the river and enshrined at 

Wat Sala Poon. Lung Poh Wat Rai Khing is made of bronze in “Calling the Earth to witness” pose and beautifully consisted of 3 types of Buddha image features namely Chiang Saen style broad body, Sukhothai style slender fingers and Rattanakosin style radiant face. The Buddha image is enshrined 

on 5 layers of Chukchii base. It is the principle image in the temple hall between 13th waxing moon until 3rd waning moon of 5th month. In annual Chinese New Year festival, there is a festival that people 

can worship and place the small gold sheet on the Buddha image which is the great festival for 

Nakorn Pathom people.

The temple hall is in early Rattanakosin style. The walls in front of the hall are made from brick and decorated in Pudtan style. The roof is covered with enameled multicolored tiles. Inside is the picture of Chiaw Kang demon. The windows are decorated in Rod Nam pattern with trees and animals. 

Inside is the flower painting. The window arch is stucco work in Krue Dho pattern. Around the hall are 

4 viharas according to the 4 directions. The pediment is stucco work in Thep Panom pattern.  



The temple has four gable ends pavilions in the front and at the back of the hall. 

The four pediments have stucco artworks telling the story of the Buddha from the moment he was born until he passed away and when his sacred bones were separated. At the low border is the art piece of Rahuu demon keeping the moon in his mouth. At the tip of each pillar is Bua Nhai pattern. The mondapa or a square hall with a pyramidal roof at the center of the pond, which is located at the west of the temple hall, is enshrined the model of the Buddha’s footprint.

The temple area is separated into two sections: the religious area and the public area which was the school and hospital. There is a road crossing in the middle. Every Friday and Sunday morning, 

there is a foods and fruits market which is sold at the riverside in front of the temple which is a pleasant forgiving area. There are thousands of Swai fish which inhabit there. Tourists can feed the bread to the fish. There is also delicious Thai noodle sold every day. Moreover, there is an antique museum which collects antique dishes and bowls and old books which people have donated to the temple. Between 13th waxing moon until 3rd waning moon of 5th month every year, there is Luang Poh Wat Rai Khing worshipping ceremony. There are many stalls and performances operated.



If you go by bus, you can get on 

-Bus number 84 (Euro 2) Wat Rai Khing – Klong Saan (Wongwian Yai BTS station)

-Bus number 556 Wat Rai Khing – Makkasan Airportlink station

-Bus at the bus terminal Southern route (The old station) Bangkok – Nakorn Pathom, Bangkok – Ratchaburi, Bangkok – Bang Lii, Bangkok – Suphanburi, get off at Wat Rai Khing main entrance and get on the bus to the Wat Rai Khing

-Van from Central Pinklao Pinklao – Rai Khing 


Website: http://www.bangluang.go.th/market.htm