Wat Kunnatriruttharam temple in Ratchada, Bangkok

Wat Kunnatriruttharam is a little-known Bangkok temple that’s tucked away in some of the backstreets of the Ratchada district. The taxi driver had no idea how to get there, and the locals didn’t know – even when I showed them pictures and told them the name.

However, if you can find the temple, it’s well worth a visit, as the demon statues are impressive and at nightfall there is the Ratchada Night Market, which is a great bazaar to see.

Directions: Take the MRT  to Huai Khwang station and walk out onto Pracha Sonkhra Road. Walk down the road for about 10 minutes, and turn right into  Pracha Sonkhra soi 34 or 38, and follow the street until the end, and the temple is there.

Address: 88 Soi Inthamara 59, Din Daeng, 10400, and it’s also known as Wat Inthamara.

Phone: +6622752544

The actual area of land that Wat Kunnatriruttharam  is on is pretty big and has about a dozen or more buildings and six or seven different temples all scattered around. Some of the little huts, like the one pictured below, have people living inside – given homes by the temple. On a busy day at weekends, all the local fortune tellers gather there to give readings to the Thais and there are food stalls set up inside the grounds of the temple.

Inside the Wat Kunnatriruttharam temple in Ratchada, Bangkok

Inside the Wat Kunnatriruttharam temple in Ratchada, Bangkok

Inside the Wat Kunnatriruttharam temple in Ratchada, Bangkok

Red demon statue

Inside the Wat Kunnatriruttharam temple in Ratchada, Bangkok

Wat Kunnatriruttharam

There’s a strange skeleton in one of the buildings, and nobody could explain why. I guess it’s just one of those odd things. Personally I love the picture of the little girl doing her homework sitting on her grandmother’s food cart. The old lady, her grandmother, has a coffee stand there that she has run for about ten years. She has club feet, the result of an accident when she was a child,when she fell down the stairs and broke her ankles. Her parents couldn’t afford the hospital, so the bones were left to heel by themselves, giving her the disability throughout her life. She now takes between 2,000thb and 4,000thb a day from her little drinks stand. I’ve always admired that get-up-and-go attitude of Thailand.

A young girl sits on her mother's food cart to do her homework

A young girl sits on her mother’s food cart to do her homework

A Thai man, who works in the UK

A Thai man, who works in the UK

An old lady selling drinks inside the temple grounds

An old lady selling drinks

Sweeping up...

Sweeping up…

While I was drinking my tea, I started talking with a Thai guy (he said his name is ‘Thai’) who sat at the table. Turns out he works at a Thai restaurant in Cirencester, Gloucester. He moved there some 10 years ago for work and was visiting home in Bangkok for a few weeks. Small world!

The pictures here are from a pretty quite day, which is a good time to admire the architecture. The demon statues are really impressive, in a big range of red, green and gold colours.

Two elderly women sleeping in a make-shift home inside the temple grounds

They live in make-shift homes inside the temple grounds

She asked for money for me to take a picture...

She asked for money for me to take a picture…

Nice pink tuk tuk

Nice pink tuk tuk

A temple rooster

A temple rooster

The temple's resident skeleton

The temple’s resident skeleton

The demon statues are impressive

The demon statues are impressive

The temple has more than a dozen different buildings

The temple has more than a dozen different buildings

The temple is hard to find, but worth the visit

The temple is hard to find, but worth the visit

This is a great temple to visit, that virtually no western tourists go to, as it’s not well know, and it’s hidden away deep in a maze of alleys in a residential area.

If you were to make a day of the trip, visit the temple then wait for nightfall when the Ratchada night bazaar starts. There are plenty of street food restaurants that open their doors, as well as bars here. The bars have live music, for Thai people, so it’s all sung in Thai. Again, there aren’t many western tourists in this area, so it’s a great place to go and see a little bit of the real Thailand.

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