Wat Samphran
Wat Samphran
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  • Kamal A
    Campbell, California12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice picture opportunity
    Lifts are working now so makes getting up the 16 levels much easier (10 Baht for the elevator each way). The temple is cute although a bit kitschy but I loved it for the concept nonetheless. Getting there from BKK took about 1 hour but getting back to hotel took 90min (BKK traffic).
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 February 2024
  • Michelleandray
    California74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and a wonderfully unique experience! Highly recommend!
    We took a Grab car from our hotel in the the River district area to get there and paid him extra to wait on us. He was so kind. We absolutely loved visiting this temple. My teens chose this one. It was extremely worth it. Not only do you get to see this amazing Temple, but other sculptures like elephants and turtles and water features throughout the grounds. The staff was so welcoming and even gave us free juices as it was so extremely hot! The monks were having a ceremony there that day so we could not access the giant Buddha statue. We got some really great pictures and left with unforgettable memories!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 May 2024
  • mameSingapore
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Indeed a hidden gem
    I took a cab via grab at 648 baht. To go back to Bangkok City, cab via grab is easily available. Its an amazing architectural design that it was built in 1980s. It's in deed a hidden gem. Surprisingly the toilet is clean. : )
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2024
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jalee77
Singapore, Singapore491 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The main highlight is the dragon temple. It is open daily 8 to 5pm for you to go up through the dragon's belly to the top. It takes about 5 minutes to reach the top. You need to take off your shoes. You can leave your socks on. There are some nuns at the top who can speak reasonably good English. Donations are optional.

Besides the dragon temple, there are also other sights nearby. There are also some food stalls outside at the entrance.

To get here, I took the train to Lak Song MRT, the nearest station to Wat Samphran. Then, I took bus 84 (22 THB) from there until the nearest bus stop (Soi Wi Patchara Chiam Phatthana) (refer to attached photos) . After alighting, wait and board a blue songtheow (pick up truck ferying passengers) (8 THB) which will bring you to opposite the entrance of Wat Samphran grounds. On the return, board the blue songtheow at the entrance and alight opposite the bus 84 stop earlier. Take bus 84 back to Lak Song MRT.
Written 8 September 2022
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2mumies
Sydney, Australia327 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Visit this temple recently however, I was disappointed by the condition the temple is in.
At the entrance you will find nuns selling merit flowers and incense all via a donation some of the nuns speak very good English.
Around the base of the dragon are statue of the different Buddha representing each day of the week.
The colour of the dragon is not as vibrant as it once was I feel.
The tunnel you walk up to reach the dragons head is very hot although there are fan place within the tunnel they were not turned on therefore making it a very uncomfortable climb to the top. Once the tunnel ends you are required to go up about 15 step to come out under the dragons head. It is said to bring good fortune when throwing money into the mouth of the dragon.
There is also a Buddha to which you can pay merit and make a wish’s beneath the dragons head.
The view of the villages below are quite beautiful.
Also the concrete floor within the tunnel is quite slippery in places making it dangerous especially descending.
This temple has quite a sad history it is worth a read for those that are interested.
Written 14 July 2022
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Michelleandray
California74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We took a Grab car from our hotel in the the River district area to get there and paid him extra to wait on us. He was so kind. We absolutely loved visiting this temple. My teens chose this one. It was extremely worth it. Not only do you get to see this amazing Temple, but other sculptures like elephants and turtles and water features throughout the grounds. The staff was so welcoming and even gave us free juices as it was so extremely hot! The monks were having a ceremony there that day so we could not access the giant Buddha statue. We got some really great pictures and left with unforgettable memories!
Written 6 May 2024
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IainNorthernIreland
Derry, UK556 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Wat Samlhran is about an hour's drive out of Bangkok and is often called the Dragon Temple, for obvious reasons. The drone photos on the Net are spectacular (check them out) though for earthbound visitors it's a bit of a challenge: you climb up a rough concrete pathway inside the dragon - having first removed your shoes (because it's a temple). Ouch. The lift is out of service, and the whole place in need of some TLC.
It was interesting but I would suggest it is best left to those with a special interest in wats.
Written 1 August 2023
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Kamal A
Campbell, CA12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Lifts are working now so makes getting up the 16 levels much easier (10 Baht for the elevator each way). The temple is cute although a bit kitschy but I loved it for the concept nonetheless. Getting there from BKK took about 1 hour but getting back to hotel took 90min (BKK traffic).
Written 25 February 2024
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BeenAroundTheWorld
Las Vegas, NV1,173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
EPIC Day At Wat Samphran. You could spend all day here, lots to see besides walking all the way up the dragon tower.

It’s like walking through the ‘Never Ending Story’

If you come, bring lots of change 1-5 baht coins.

Try to pick a cool clear day or sunset. Remember to dress appropriately.

Takes about 90mins drive from
Bangkok.
Written 17 January 2020
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mameSingapore
singapore31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I took a cab via grab at 648 baht. To go back to Bangkok City, cab via grab is easily available. Its an amazing architectural design that it was built in 1980s. It's in deed a hidden gem. Surprisingly the toilet is clean. : )
Written 22 May 2024
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Bangkokgirl2018
Phoenix, AZ160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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.
Written 11 January 2020
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leerockz
Singapore, Singapore296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
Wat Sam Phran is a unique temple with tranquility. It’s not on the tourist map and even a lot of Thais do not know about this temple. It has been neglected for more than 20 years since the head of abbot Bhavana Buddho was sent to jail in 1995. He was sentenced to 160years in jail but according to Thai law the maximum jail sentence is 50 years. I would not want to elaborate on his crime as rumors are said that there’s a conspiracy in his case and he was framed. This temple is very popular in its heydays especially among the top Thai politicians. After the scandal of the head abbot was known no ones wants to talk about it as it’s considered a shame and taboo. That is why it’s not on the tourist map and not known

This temple has a dragon that wrapped around it building all the way to the top. There’s a walkway inside the dragon where I was told it can lead up to the 6th floor. (not accessible now) Inside the temple there are various Buddha statues. In the middle of the main hall there’s a coffin where the ex-head monk has slept in it for 39days. There were no heart beat on him and he was like a dead man. He woke up after 39days. The center of the hall where on top the coffin is located is covered with cloths, I was told when remove it can be seen through all the way to the sky.

Outside the temple behind the main entrance there’s a small replica of the temple on a table. You can make a wish and lift the replica temple. Lift it all the way to on top of your head. If you feel it’s easy and light to lift it your wish will be fulfilled. If it’s seems heavy your wish will not be granted. Do give a small token in the donation box should you make a wish.

Outside the temple there’s a big jar surrounded by dragons, it used to have water flowing out of the dragon mouth. You can throw a coin into the well and make a wish. You can also see the nine little dragons carrying crystal balls.

Towards the right building you can go up to the 3rd floor and there’s a huge Buddha statue where devotes used to pray there while the monk chant. You can still see a string tied from the hand of the Buddha statue. When monks chants white strings are configured like a spider web where all the devotees will be under it when they chant and pray. It is believe that all under the string during will be blessed.

A big white elephant is on the ground floor. There is also a history on this elephant. It was built to honor this elephant by the monks. It is believe that by touching the elephant legs and then touching your own legs, it will make your legs as strong as an elephant

As you walk you will also see a peacock temple (not accessible now). Further down you will come to a Dragon turtle temple where you can enter through the mouth and exit through the tail. Inside the turtle there are also some Buddha’s statues inside. Saw 2 hydraulic fork at the side of the entrance of the mouth and I assumed that in those days it can also be close ( the turtle mouth)

When you exit the turtle tail you will see a statue of rabbit and further down a Buddha statue with an umbrella. Along the way you will be crossing path and dragons bridges.

Further down there is the goddess of mercy statue where we did not visit

It was our lucky day as we were shown around by a friendly lady nun. We spent 2 hours at this temple with no regret. It’s a hidden gem and I don’t think you can find another temple like this anymore.
It is believed that the abbot will be released or pardon soon as I guess the followers of this temples are hoping that this temple will be revive again so do visit it if you have a chance before it happens.

Location:
Wat Sam Phran
Highway 3098
Sam Phran
Nakhon Pathom
Thailand
Written 24 June 2015
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JSprx
Bangkok, Thailand129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
This isn't a tourist attraction. It's not in the centre of Bangkok. It's an beautiful, operational once in a lifetime kind of place. You'll never see anything like it again. Take Phet Kasem Road out of Bangkok and keep going straight for about 40km. It's on google maps anyway. It's so peaceful and quiet and you get the feeling that that's the ay the people would like it to remain. There is no tour guide or gift shop. There isn't even a sign. I arrived on my own and I was made feel very welcome. No one told me I couldn't be there or that it was closed. It is not a viewing tower so don't barge in there demanding to go to the top taking photos. There are plenty of sky bars in Bangkok for that. If you treat it like a working temple and respect those using it for worship you should enjoy this amazing place.
Written 10 November 2013
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