Samut Sakhon Wats - Temples

Samut Sakhon

Wat Yai Chom Prasat

Located on Highway No.35 with a left turn after crossing the Tha Chin River, this is an ancient temple presumed to have been built during the Ayutthaya era.
The doors and windows of both the old and new chapels were neatly and beautifully carved in various floral designs.
It is believed the craftsmen were Chinese, as the carvings include some Chinese trees.

Wat Chong Lom

This temple fronting the river mouth is located at Tambon Tha Chalom on the western side of the Tha Chin River.
It was constructed during the Ayutthaya period. Religious buildings in the temple have been beautifully renovated.
The windy area by the sea is used as a rest area for the locals.

Wat Khok Kham

The interesting part of this temple is the old ubosot decorated around with Sema boundary markers.
At the front of the temple lies a renovated chedi in the Ayutthaya style of art.
The wooden engraving design at the gables is beautiful. Besides, there is a Phanthai Norasing Shrine which was a temporary shrine and a store of antique objects concerning the story of Phanthai Norasing such as parts of the Ekkachai and Butsabok royal barges, etc.

Wat Nang Sao

Wat Nang Sao is located in Tambon Tha Mai. Take Highway No. 35 (Thon Buri-Pak Tho) to Highway No. 3091 for approximately 5 kilometres and turn left into Soi Wat Nang Sao 2 for 1 kilometre.

According to legend, Sakhon Buri is a beach town in the south of Ayutthaya city.

During a war in then Burma, a group of Thai people immigrated along the Tha Chin River.
The elderly and women hid in the ancient Phra Ubosot.
Later, the Thais helped one another in fighting with the Burmese troops and gained victory.
The immigrants then, settled in the area. Among them, 2 sisters who once had taken refuge in the Phra Ubosot, had an idea to renovate it.
However, the elder one realized that the temple was too damaged and thus, built a new one instead.
Therefore, the younger sister would like to do as promised that if they survived, they would have the temple renovated.
Therefore, she finished the renovation and called it “Wat Phrommachari”.

Later, it was called “Wat Nong Sao”. At present, it is eroded into “Wat Nang Sao”.

The important ancient monument of the temple is a brick ordination hall on a curved base similar to a junk with one entrance which is called “Bot Maha Ut”.
It has the ancient style of a terracotta tiled roof, whose beams were made of logs and twin sandstone boundary markers.

In the area, in front of the temple next to the Tha Chin River is located a fish sanctuary, full of striped catfish. It is well-known among tourists and locals who usually come to visit and feed the fish.

Phan Thai Norasing Shrine

This is regarded as the symbol of honesty. It was erected to be a memorial to Phanthai Norasing, a man of integrity of the Ayutthaya period.
The historic event occurred in 1704 when Phra Chao Sua, a king of Ayutthaya, made a royal visit by the Ekkachai royal barge via the curved Khok Kham Canal.

Phanthai Norasing, who was the coxswain, could not operate the steering, thus causing the prow to be broken by hitting the limb of a tree.
To foster the palace law, the coxswain then begged the king to slaughter him although he was forgiven.

After his death, the king built a shrine in Khlong Khok Kham and commanded to have a new canal, later named Khlong Mahachai, dug to eliminate the sharp curves of Khok Kham Canal.

A cruise along the canal via mangrove forests and fishery villages is organised by Khun Narin Bunruam Tel: 0-3441-2490.

The City Pillar Shrine

The City Pillar Shrine is situated near Pom Wichian Chodok and is a sacred place, as well as, a centre of the heart of the fishermen in the province.

Every time before sailing off, they have to pay respect and light a firework in front of the city pillar shrine for good luck.

Wat MakhamThao