We never planned on visiting Wat Indraviharn when we were in Bangkok, Thailand. In fact, we had never even heard of it. But that soon changed when we found ourselves on our 20 Baht tuk tuk tour of the city.
As it turns out, Wat Indraviharn is a bit of a hangout for dodgy tuk tuk drivers who offer you great tours of Bangkok for only 20 Baht, that inevitably lead you to a few unexpected stops at jewellery and tailor shops. This is more of an annoyance than a scam, and if you find yourself on one of these “tours”, you will still see some interesting places. Wat Indraviharn will most likely be one of them.
The temple is not exactly old compared to others in the city, but is certainly interesting to explore, particularly with it’s 32m tall standing Buddha. The fact that Wat Indraviharn was also the very first temple that we saw in Thailand makes it a little more special to us. If you have already seen the extravagance of Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, then this temple may seem a little plain to you. Still, it is definitely worth checking out, and if you’re on a tuk tuk tour then you will probably find yourself there anyway. The following is a photo essay of Wat Indraviharn.
If you’re in the area near West Banglamphu and Khao San Road, Wat Indraviharn is definitely worth checking out.
Do you know of any other interesting temples to see in Bangkok?