Although Trat offers several impressive natural and cultural destinations, many tourists say that the visit at Wat Buppharam alone is worth the long trip to Trat already. Whether you believe it or not, do drop by and prove it yourself.
This oldest temple in Trat was built in the 17th century during the Ayutthaya period. According to the legend, while the governor and the townsmen were surveying for the land to build their first temple and arrived at this area, they all scented a wonderful flowery aroma and could not find its origin. Thus they took that as a holy sign and decided to name this place of worship the “Flower Temple.”
Apart from the old wooden hall, Wat Buppharam features many other interesting structures such as the organized rows of Chedis and stupas, along with traditional monk cells. The paintings on the walls were created by local painters. They do not look professional like the delicate paintings at other temples or palaces nonetheless they blend in and help complete the peaceful atmosphere of the temple perfectly. Moreover, there is a museum here that holds interesting displays of ancient Buddha images and relics, antique pottery, Western and Chinese ceramics from Ayutthaya period, together with a painting of King Rama V personally bestowed upon the governor of Trat by King Rama V himself during a royal visit. This image is considered as another holy object and worshiped by many local people.
Wat Buppharam may not have as many visitors as you would see elsewhere but the cultural and historical values it holds are totally worth seeing. It is also located right downtown so do not forget to check it out next time you are in Trat.
Follow Highway No. 3 (Sukhumvit) from Bangkok heading to Trat. Once you reach the Trat Hospital, turn left and continue for 2 kilometers; you will reach the destination.