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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