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“Royal Cemetery at Wat Ratchabophit”

Royal Cemetery (Wat Ratchabopit)
Reviewed 21 March 2013

This was recommended by a local. It's 30฿ (1USD) from Pier 9 ( the Grand Temple). No tourists were there when I arrived in late afternoon. The street in front was very peaceful. No hawkers, no tour buses, nothing on both sides. I walked through the gates and the guard appeared worried. Shortly a man appeared and asked how I knew of this place and explained it was not a tourist place. I explained a local introduced it as I was interested in Thai culture.

Eventually he let me wander the grounds where the memorials were. Some statues of English bobbies "guarded" some monuments holding royal ashes. There are a variety of architecture present, English style street lamps, stained glass windows, Gothic styles and Indo-Chinese etc.

From this front part I could see large ornate temple structures behind an inner wall. I insisted (respectfully) to see the inside. Huge temples in Bhuddhist style hand built and decorated with gold leaf, shards of shells, blue and red stones. I saw monks tutoring disciples to be. there were large bonsai plants and gardens inside and an inner temple with European styling on one of the roofs.

DON'T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER. They may tell you the inner temple portion is not open to outsiders. If ladies go, be sure to wear long pants and non-revealing clothes to increase the chance of being admitted.

Students of Bhuddhist anthropology or ancient Asian architecture will find this place very interesting. This is a quiet place. Not for screaming kids. When the monks are praying you may be asked to wait until they are finished. If they ARE partying you will be able to hear that from the outside so I would wait respectfully.

I have just included photos of the inner part of this area. There is no admission fee. There is nothing here to show that it is fore tourists. No pamphlets, no hawkers, no souvenirs. It's like stepping back in time. It's shoes off in the inner temple but don't worry about dirt- the inside has a deep lush red carpet and its v clean. I spent 3 hrs here.

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Reviewed 11 February 2013

Worth a visit.Not very well known so tends to be a nice peacefull secluded place to visit. Not on the usual tourist site. Maybe not interesting for very young children.

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Reviewed 13 April 2012

Wat Ratchabopit is one of the royal monasteries in Bangkok. It is not a tourist attraction. However, the temple is also a beautiful place to visit. There are many interesting items to be seen in this temple. it is also a place where the crematory ashes of members of the royal family are housed.

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Reviewed 22 September 2008

I accidentally stumbled across this place when I took a premature left turn along Rachini instead of Sanam Chai to go to Wat Pho. It was a pleasant discovery. A quiet place that I could walk around with NO ONE around, view some lovely architecture and take some pictures. It was built in 1863 by King Rama V. Wat Ratchabopit is certainly not on the high 'must see' list when visiting Bangkok, but if you would like to visit a site that isn't swarming with tourists, quiet and not as gilt and glamor as some of the other sites, this is a nice place to go to.

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