Nakhom Pathom is neighbor city of Bangkok and only 55km away from Bangkok. It has buzzing coffee culture but it is most famous for its temples. We picked 2 of them and made a roadtrip to this lively city to check them out.
Phra Pathom Chedi is the most famous temple in Nakhom Pathom. Name means
“Holy chedi of the beginning” which also hints the age of the Chedi. It is the oldest Buddhist structure and one of the most important Buddhist places overall in Thailand. It is located in the heart of the city and is easily accessible with public transportation like minivan directly from Bangkok. Link to map here for your convenience.
Chedi with orange roof is 120 meters tall which makes it tallest Buddhist chedi in the world.
The viharn at the Northern end contains a large gilt standing Buddha image named Phra Ruang Rodjanarith
Another viharn contains a large Reclining Buddha image. Walking around the chedi through the courtyard you will find a number of bells that you can ring for good luck, as well as a large number of different Buddha images.
There is a entrance fee to enter the temple area and it is unfortunately in double standards. Thai nationals gets in for free and foreigners have to pay 60 THB.
After 5pm, there is a night market in the parking area of the temple. It is open until 10-11pm every night (in weekend it might be open a bit longer). You can buy food and fruits from the market for reasonable prices.
Live your life like Buddha teach to us back in the days, “As you walk and ear and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life” ,