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“Fascinating and off the main tourist trail”

Royal Cemetery (Wat Ratchabopit)
Reviewed 21 May 2014

This is a beautiful temple which has the advantage of having a perfectly maintained garden containing very interesting mausoleums of the royal family. There are no tourists there and it is very interesting place as are the gardens across the road. If you are interested in Bangkok's wats this is a must see place.

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Reviewed 23 January 2014

The Thai Royals tombs and a peaceful temple are in this cemetery by Saranrom park (which is a beautiful walk by itself) the tombs of the King's ancestors and the temple make this destination an interesting one and there is no entrance fee.

Beware though, when you first arrive the you might be directed by the temple guards to go to the cemetery first, before the temple, that's when the con man appears talking about the temple and the tombs, this one posed as an architect working in the restoration of the temple, he almost had me (and I've been around) except when the conversation turned to gems and how an expo was only for one day...

Anyway, enjoy the visit, enjoy the walk, visit the park in front of the cemetery/temple complex. This is a tourist free, entrance free location, worth the visit if you are close by.

3  Thank eolmosc
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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.

4  Thank jimobiwan
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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.

1  Thank Chakkritt
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