Somdej Phrachao Taksin Maharat Shrine
Somdej Phrachao Taksin Maharat Shrine
Tha Luang Road, Mueang, Chanthaburi
Open Everyday 5:30 am - 8:00 pm

You may have noticed that there are so many places in Chanthaburi that are related to King Taksin even though it was not the capital he built. This is because of the respect the Chanthaburi locals have for him which brought about the saying "You cannot say you have been to Chanthaburi if you have not visited a shrine of King Taksin."

In the past, this shine was only a wooden shrine located next to the city pillar shrine. In 1920, it was moved to the present-day area across the road from the city pillar in front of the Royal Thai Marine Corps and rebuilt in a nonagon shape with a soldier-hat roof. The inside enshrines a statue of King Taksin made of black brass in a sitting position on the throne. The murals are also a must-see as well as the old shrine which sits right next to the new one.

If you happen to be in Chanthaburi on December 28, you will get to see one of the province's largest celebrations as it marks the day Prince Tak became the King of Thonburi. There are aim giving ceremony in the morning and a religious ceremony to give royal worship and show gratitude to his spirit. Before you head elsewhere in Chanthaburi, visit this shrine or you might not be able to claim anything you do in this province.

Somdej Phrachao Taksin Maharat Shrine
Somdej Phrachao Taksin Maharat Shrine

By Car
Follow Highway No. 3 from Chanthaburi. When arrive at the Rai Ya intersection, turn right onto Highway No. 316 and continue for 6 kilometers. Finally, turn left onto Tha Luang Road at the Phraya Trang and you will find the shrine on the left hand side.