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The Best Views Of The Big Golden Buddha In Bangkok At Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen

Completed in 2021, The Big Golden Buddha statue at Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen is one of the newest and most impressive statues in Bangkok and is quickly becoming one of the coolest spots to photograph in the city.

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This giant Buddha statue stands at an impressive 69 meters (226 feet) tall and 40 meters (131 feet) wide, making it one of the tallest Buddha statues in Thailand.

The Buddha is so big that it can be seen from several places in Bangkok, and it’s definitely somewhere you must visit when planning your Bangkok travel itinerary

That being said, as the giant gold Buddha is quite a new addition to Bangkok, there isn’t much information about it online.

Therefore I’ve put together this guide that explains all you need to know about the Big Golden Buddha in Bangkok, including where it is, how to get there, and where to get the best photos from!

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Where Is The Big Golden Buddha Located In Bangkok?

The Big Golden Buddha is located at Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen, a temple on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Here is the Google Maps location.

How To Get To The Big Golden Buddha At Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen

Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen temple is accessible by taxi, longtail boat, or public transport. Arriving by car or taxi/grab is the quickest and most convenient way to get to Wat Paknam. If you will be driving, there is a large car park outside the temple. 

If coming by public transport, the nearest station to Wat Paknam is Bang Phai. It is located on the MRT Blue Line – about a 15 minute walk away from the temple. 

If you want to arrive by boat, you will need to take a longtail boat as ferries don’t operate in the khlongs (the smaller rivers that come off the Chao Phraya River). Take a longtail boat from Sathorn/Central pier (which is near Saphan Taksin BTS).

The boats cost roughly 1000 THB per hour for the boat or you can join a tour such as the ones below:

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Note that getting to Wat Paknam by longtail boat is definitely the longest way to get here, so many people prefer to reach the temple by public transport or taxi/grab, and then once they are at the temple, they take a short boat ride around the temple from the pier that is located at the temple.

That way, they get to see the Big Buddha from the river, but it doesn’t take up half a day – you can just take a 15 or 30 minute boat ride when you are at the temple to see the Big Buddha from different angles.

Opening Times & Entry Fee To Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen

Wat Paknam is open daily from 8am until 6pm. Entrance is free.

What to See At Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen

The Big Buddha

The main reason tourists visit Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen is to see the enormous Buddha statue. At the temple, you can walk around the base of the Buddha statue and admire its grandeur up close – it is absolutely stunning.

The Big Buddha is made of bronze and covered with gold leaf, representing the Dhammakaya tradition’s vision of the Buddha.

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White Pagoda With Museum and Exhibition Halls

You’ll also see the White Pagoda behind the Big Buddha, which is really nice to visit. Underneath the white pagoda is a museum that showcases artifacts, Buddhist relics, and historical items related to the temple.

Make sure to head to the top floor of the pagoda – from here you can get a nice photo of the back of the Big Buddha. Plus, inside is a stunning dome with an emerald glass stupa that contains Buddha relics, and there are cool psychedelic colours of the ceiling!

Main Temple Buildings

If you have time you may also wish to also explore the other buildings around the temple, including the grand ordination hall and the meditation hall.

The grounds of the temple are actually quite big – over 30,000 square metres! That being said, the grounds are very peaceful.

Finding Your Way Around Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen

There are lots of alleyways inside the temple grounds, which can seem confusing at first, but there are maps on the walls so it’s easy to get your bearings and find your way around.

As this is still a spot in Bangkok that is fairly under the radar in terms of tourists, you’ll see mainly locals here which is really nice!

The Phasi Charoen pier is located inside the temple grounds, on the left hand side if you’re walking towards the Big Buddha. This is where you’ll go if you want to take a local boat ride on the river to see the Big Buddha from a different perspective.

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How To Get The Best View Of The Big Golden Buddha At Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen

To get the best view and the best photos of the Big Golden Buddha at Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen, there are several spots:

Within the Temple Grounds

At the Base of the Buddha: For a close-up view, visit the temple grounds and stand at the base of the statue. Here you can appreciate the immense size and intricate details of the Buddha.

From the Viewing Platforms: The temple complex offers various viewing platforms and points where you can capture different angles and perspectives of the Buddha statue – including from inside the White Pagoda as mentioned earlier.

While you can get nice up-close photos of the Big Buddha when you’re at the temple, as the Big Buddha is so big, the best photos of it are actually taken from a little bit further away – either on the river or just on the other side of the river.

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From Uruea Cafe

The absolute best spot to take a photo of the Big Buddha is from Uruea Cafe, and the walkway leading up to it. Uruea Cafe is located on the other side of the river to Wat Paknam, so you can really see the sheer size and perspective of the Buddha.

Uruea Cafe is located literally opposite the Big Buddha, so you can get fantastic photos here. Enjoy a drink or a meal inside in the air-con, or in the outdoor seating area, while taking in the sight of the statue.

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You pay a small entry fee to visit Uruea Cafe, but this price then comes off your food or drinks bill. So basically as long as you buy some food or drink, the cafe is free to visit. They do really great cakes and coffee here!

Tha Phra is the nearest MRT stop to Uruea Cafe at about 1km away (it’s the next stop along on the Blue Line from Bang Phai), or alternatively get a grab taxi here or drive yourself (there is a free car park). Uruea Cafe is open daily from 10am until 8pm.

From the River

Urea Cafe offers a river cruise along the river, going past the Big Buddha so you can get some really nice photos.

The cruise lasts 15 minutes and costs 150 THB per person, and it then drops you off at the temple’s pier (Phasi Charoen Pier) afterwards so you can explore the temple.

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Just tell the staff at the cafe that you want the boat ride and they’ll get it ready for you straight away!

Even if you won’t be visiting Uruea Cafe you can still do a river cruise along the Chao Phraya River. A river cruise provides such a unique perspective of the Big Buddha, especially during sunset! Here are a few river cruises you can pick that stop at Wat Paknam:

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From Wat Khunchan

If you don’t want to go on a river cruise, when you’re at Wat Paknam, you can actually walk to the back of the temple complex and then find the bridge that takes you over the river to Wat Khunchan.

Wat Khunchan is a lovely local temple that you will pass on the river cruise, featuring a reclining Buddha, with a Chinese and Hindu influence.

You can get nice pictures of the Big Buddha from Wat Khunchan, and then walk to the nearby photo spot for The Big Buddha on Google Maps.

Other Viewing Points

As the Big Buddha is so large, it can be seen from various parts of Bangkok. Find a rooftop bar nearby and you may be able to get an impressive view of the Big Buddha against the Bangkok skyline.

When Is The Best Time To Take Photographs Of The Big Buddha?

Mornings and early evenings provide the best light and avoid the harsh midday sun. Plus, The Big Buddha is also lit up nicely at night so it’s great to photograph in the evening if you’re keen on night photography.

If you’re here in the middle of the day though like I was, no worries – you can still get great photos of the Big Buddha.

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Important Things To Remember When Visiting A Thai Temple

As you’ll be visiting a temple, make sure – men and women, to dress appropriately, with your shoulders and knees covered. You may wish to bring along a shawl in your bag if your outfit doesn’t cover your shoulders properly.

Where To Visit After Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen

If you’re keen to explore some more temples in Bangkok, why not check out Wat Benchambophit or Wat Ratchanatdaram, two equally stunning and unique temples that see significantly less visitors than the busier Wat Po, Wat Arun and The Grand Palace.