Religious buildings including Buddhist wats, Christian churches, Islamic mosques and Chinese temples adorn its banks and stand as a tribute to the religious freedom and tolerance that is a hallmark of Thailand.
Wat Arun is one of the iconic images of Thailand and is so important that it is featured on the back of a 10-baht coin. Initially a 17th century monastery, it later became a royal temple and is named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn.
One of the nine most sacred temples in Bangkok, this temple was built between 1824 and 1851 during the reign of King Rama III. It was financed by a rich Chinese nobleman and donated to the king who named it Wat Kanlayamit.
The Wangderm Palace of King Taksin was used during the short period when Thonburi was the capital of Thailand from 1768 to 1782. In front of the gate stands a statue of King Taksin who was the only king of the Thonburi era.
Wat Rakhang – which means “bell temple” – got its name from an ancient bell unearthed during construction of the temple. It dates back to the Ayutthaya era and was upgraded to a royal temple during the reign of King Taksin.
The shrine is located on the Thonburi bank of the river, just behind the Princess Mother Memorial Park and near the twin Memorial and Phra Pok Klao Bridges. The shrine is under a pagoda roof with a guard of dragons – a symbol of the emperor.