Catholic Church, Chantaburi
Pay respects to the Buddha’s footprint on the sky-high mountain peak of Khao Khitchakut in Chanthaburi province. Read more
Chathaburi town is known as the town of the moon (Chan). Chanthaburi province is filled with tropical rain and mangrove forests and the town is suitable as a base for ecosystem touring and can be a place for relaxation at the same time. There is fishery on the coast where tourists can explore the living culture of the people. Chanthaburi is also a big market for the jewel industry with many expert artisans. Read more
Chantaburi, the city of gems is popular throughout the world and is known as “the kingdom of gems”. Chantaburi is especially famous for its red gemstone known as Siam Ruby. This jewel and also topaz and amethyst are commonly found at Amphur Taa Mai and Amphur Klung. Anyamanee Road is situated at Srichan Road, Tambol Wat Mai, Amphur Muang, Chantaburi and is open Fridays to Sundays 10 am until 3 pm. Here, tourists will find many shops that sell gems and can learn the techniques of preparing them. The technique to get a nice gem is to heat it to more than 1,000 degree Celsius for 4 to 5 hours in order to get a clear and dark colored piece. Read more
The area known as Taa Luang is the old business quarter of Chantabun, situated on the west bank of Chantaburi River. This is where Chinese and Vietnamese have lived since the Rattanakosin Era. There are many old houses in the colonial style; a combination of Western and Chinese styles. The buildings are built next to each other in a curved line and decorated with carved wood. Many shops still preserve the old styles such as a hair salon that was built with wood, and a Chinese folk medicine shop. Read more
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the largest church in Thailand. It is located at Chanthanimit Road on the left bank of the Chanthaburi River at M.5, Santisook Road, Tambol Chantanimit, Amphur Muang, Chantaburi. The cathedral was founded during the reign of King Rama V. It was enlarged and rebuilt four times during the nineteenth century, especially due to the immigration of Vietnamese Christians escaping from religious persecution. In 1909, it was rebuilt in its current Gothic style and is similar to the Notre Dam Cathedral in Paris.
Measuring 60 meters in length by 20 meters width, the cathedral features two towers, one on each side of the building’s front elevation. The towers that soar into the sky symbolize the relationship between humans and God. If you climb to the top of the towers, you will enjoy a notable view of the town of Chanthaburi. The left tower includes a large clock that was added to the building in 1909. In 1926, three bells were installed within the same tower, the largest weighing 650 kilograms. The gables above the towers were removed in 1940 due to the Franco-Thai war (October 1940-May 1941) and then restored in 2009. The most special thing after the restoration is the wooden carved stairs, the door and the mirror image that tells the story of the saints according to the Bible. The statue of the Virgin Mary is decorated with more than 20 thousand karats of gems and 69 gold flowers.
The best time to come to the church is late morning since it is not crowded and tourists will be able to see a mirror image reflected in the sunlight. Visitors are required to dress properly in entering this church.
Open daily from 9 am to 4 pm.