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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Mysterious Giant Dragon Temple - Wat Samphran - Bangkok, Thailand

At Wat Samphran in Nakhon Pathom Province there is a 17 storey building that has a giant dragon climbing to the roof. The head is at the top where there is a shrine and the tail is on the ground floor. The dragon is hollow and it is possible to walk up some sections of it. The temple complex consists of smaller temples and many statues inspired by dragons and the Chinese zodiac. More like a circus grounds or an amusement park than a temple, Wat Samphran features a 17-story pink tower with a gigantic dragon encircling it, with its head protruding from the top of the tower. Visitors actually scale the tower, climbing inside the bowels ("gut") of the tubular dragon.

Wat Samphran Giant Dragon Temple
Wat Samphran Giant Dragon Temple
About 40 km west of Bangkok lies the district of Samphran, where there is a rather odd-looking Wat or Buddhist temple. The temple complex has a giant golden Buddha statue and several shrines and smaller statues within, but the one that draws the eyes of tourists is a 17-storey pink tower with an enormous dragon wrapped around it. The dragon is hollow and is possible to climb through its body all the way to the top, but the stairs are in such poor condition that only a few isolated sections of the dragon are safe to climb. Some parts of the temple are also closed to the public or to foreigners.

Wat Samphran Giant Dragon Temple
Wat Samphran Giant Dragon Temple
Wat Samphran Giant Dragon Temple
Wat Samphran Giant Dragon Temple
Wat Samphran Giant Dragon Temple
Wat Samphran Giant Dragon Temple
Wat Samphran Giant Dragon Temple
Wat Samphran Giant Dragon Temple
Located off the beaten track, Wat Samphran is rarely mentioned in guide books and remains unmarked on maps. It’s not a big tourist attraction but many travellers who visited the temple spoke about its tranquil and spiritual atmosphere. Who designed it or when it was built is a mystery.

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