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⏳ 12-2021

A temple with a twist--literally!

Wat Samphran, more commonly known as the Dragon Temple, has been on our Thailand list for a long time. We were finally able to get there, and what a treat!

The Dragon Temple is about 1 hour outside of Bangkok. We arrived around noon time. It was more crowded than we would have expected it to be, but that did not interfere with our enjoyment of this unusual building, a pink cylindrical temple designed with a dragon wrapping around it from top to bottom!

Right now, in August 2020, you can climb to the top only on the weekends. We visited on a Sunday, so all was good. The "climb" is really walking up a ramp, a ramp which is the inside of the dragon’s body, so that is very cool. First, you will need to leave your shoes at the entrance because this is a temple. The climb is neither long nor difficult, but be forewarned that the concrete ramp is not always smooth and the final set of metal stairs is hot from the sun, so this may bother your feet. Plan accordingly and wear socks, as that might help with your comfort.

Once at the top, you will have wonderful views of the surrounding area, including a large Buddha at a temple below. You will be right below the dragon’s head, so many good photo opportunities await you.

There is an interesting fountain on the property. You can toss coins into a variety of pots/urns, hoping for the outcome (good travel) stated on the outside of the pot. There is also a shrine inside a building designed as a turtle, and you enter through its mouth.

Fantastical but fun! Worth the stop! Allow at least one hour.
David Roy P
⏳ 12-2021

Something Completely Different

As there were no guided Tours to this Temple which is around an Hours drive from Bangkok we Hired a Car and Driver for the Day . This was our 2nd Destination of the Day and we arrived around 11 am . Wat Samphran or the Dragon Temple as it is known is not your usual Buddist Temple . It consists of a huge brick tower 17 stories high with a huge Dragon encircling the Tower with its Head on the Roof . You enter the Dragon on the ground floor and make your up through the Dragons Belly until you reach the Top . The views fom the Roof are spectacular and well worth the climb . There are quite a number of other buildings and smaller Temples and a large Golden Buddah Statue . There are a small number of stalls selling Buddist artifacts but I am sure they could raise more money selling some Souveniers of the complex as they do Not at the moment . Admission is Free .
Wallflower in Wonderland
⏳ 12-2021

Nice experience. About 45 minutes from BKK downtown

Not for with no traffic. About 25 miles from the city took about 40 minutes by car. The grounds could use some cleaning and repair but all in all feels very local and it’s refreshing. The Dragon around the temple is a work of art and pretty cool to see in person. The lift hasn’t worked for a long time so be prepare to hike it up about 17 stories of stairs. No cost so recommend donating nicely on the items from monk and nuns around the property.
⏳ 12-2021

Just ok

We took the underground and a long taxi ride in lots of traffic to get here.
It was just ok ...hard to take photos as trees growing around it’.
Grounds very unkept.
The building is interesting. But to me not worth a few hours.

Coming back the traffic was really bad..but the train was empty. That was a plus.
⏳ 12-2021

The view

A very unusual place, basically a tower with a dragon wrapped around it. You can climb to the top inside the dragon’s body for a great view across to Bangkok (on a clear day).
⏳ 12-2021

BEST temple in Thailand hands down

Visited this temple on an early Sunday morning,9am, the place was half full of locals I really enjoyed the fact that no tourists were there, I took my drone out took a snap from above no one battered an eye, we took selfies together and had a laugh,, I took a grab from Central Bangkok made a deal with him for return, orignal price one way was 400 got the round trip for 600...

Well worth the trip you won’t be disappointed the grounds are well kept and maintained there is also a turtle temple next to it aswell as a big golden buddah

Love it
Andrea Rizzo
⏳ 12-2021

Lovely Day trip

I saw a picture of this on Instagram and decided to visit during my latest trip to Bangkok. Easily accessible with a local taxi (Around 300-400 THB each way, make sure they use the meter), and around a one hour drive from central Bangkok. You can ask your taxi to wait for you but it’s really easy to find another taxi there too. There’s not much to do around there, but there is a family mart if you’re in need of snacks / drinks.

The actual temple is stunning. The atmosphere is so peaceful and quiet and there aren’t many tourists here, so if you get the chance to go I 100% recommend it. Good for escaping the city for a little while and walk around. You can actually walk inside the dragon and climb all the way up to the top of the building.

Remember not to go sleeveless and wear long trousers/skirts just like you would in any temple.

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