Sights & Attractions
Samut SongkhramOperating day:
DailyOperating time: 08.30 - 16.30
Category : Temple
Attraction Details :
It is located on highway number 325 (Samut Songkhram-Bang Phae) on the 34th and 35th kilometer marker in Bang Chang Sub-district. It is an ancient temple situated on the bank of Khlong Amphawa, which is connected to Khlong Phee Lok. It was established in the late Ayutthaya period during the reign of King Prasatthong. It is believed that Thao Kaew Pa-lhuek (Noi), a market officer at Bang Chang Market and origin of the Rachinikul Bang Chang family, had the temple constructed. The area behind the temple was formerly the residence of Khun Nak (Somdet Phra Amarintaramat, the queen of King Rama I), and Khun Bunrod (Somdet Phra Sri Suriyendramataya, the queen of King Rama II).
There are there things that stay along with the temple. The first thing is the undecayed body of Luang Por Nueang Kovit, the former abbot. The second thing is the spectacular ordination hall with four marble gable ends. It is 40 meters wide and 80 meters long. Its floor is covered with green jade from Pakistan’s Karachi city. Inside the ordination hall houses the principal Buddha image on a high platform, decorated with lights. The window panels outside the hall are lacquered and adorned with pearl, creating the picture of the great seal of the realm from King Rama I to King Rama IX, the title of Queen Sirikit and royal family, as well as the picture of the insignia in different ranks. The window panels inside the hall are carved into Jakata stories (stories of the former incarnations of the Buddha). Besides, the walls around the ordination hall are decorated with the delicate mural paintings by a female artist, Nittaya Sakcharoen, portraying the stories of the Buddha’s life and Jakata stories. The paintings took six years until they were completed; therefore, they are worth the conservation. The final thing is the statue of Thao Wessuwan. According to the Buddhist belief, there are 4 forms of Thao Wessuwan and a spell.
On the road at the entrance of Wat Chulamanee, there is a Thong Muan (rolled wafer) shop. The wafers are made from the original recipe which has been handed down from generation to generation. They are very well-known in Amphawa District because of their good taste.
Direction to Wat Chulamanee by car: from the city center of Samut Songkhram Province, go along the highway number 35 (Bang Phae- Samut Songkhram). After passing the intersection to Amphawa District for 200 meters, cross the bridge across Khlong Amphawa, turn right, and go straight for 1 kilometer. There you will find Wat Chulamanee. Direction to Wat Chulamanee by public bus: from the city center of Samut Songkhram Province, take the minibus (Mae Klong- Wat Chula). The bus stop is at Thanawat Market, which is 100 meters from Samut Songkhram transport station. The minibus will take you inside the temple.