Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat This ancient temple, locally called Wat Na Phra That,
located on the west bank of the Mae Klong River in the town. Its elegant prang or
remains in good condition and was probably copied from Cambodia's Angkor Wat. The
prang made of bricks and stones stands on a rectangular base with pathways around
the cloisters. The outer stucco designs were made in the reign of King Borommakot
of Ayutthaya. Buddha images of Dvaravati, Lop Buri and Ayutthaya periods are placed
around the pagoda.
Two kilometres west of Wat Na Phra That on the route to Khao Ngu is Wat Aranyik with
a prang identical to that of Wat Na Phra That but smaller in size.
Ratchaburi National Museum This is located on Woradet Road near the river. The edifice
formerly the town hall, built in 1922. Established as a museum in 1988, it displays
ancient items of different periods found in the local area, and exhibits the history
as well as its folk art and geology. The museum is open daily from 9.00 a.m.- 4.00
Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission fee is 100 Baht.
Wat Khongkharam This 100 year old ethnic Mon temple is at Tambon Khlong Ta Khot,
Photharam, some 22 kilometres from Ratchaburi. The fine mural paintings about Lord
life in the main shrine hall is full of detail making them seem real. Completed in
Bangkok period, they are very rare and worth studying. The temple also houses a Thai
building entirely made of teak with intricate carving designs.
Wat Khanon More than 300 Nang Yai puppets are well preserved at this
temple, some ten kilometres from Amphoe Photharam. Nang Yai is an
old form of entertainment which gathers many kinds of arts; for example,
Thai sculpture and classical performances. The intricate carved puppets
are portrayed on the screen by skilled male performers, and it can dance
according to the music. The performance is usually demonstrated on
Saturday from 10.00 - 11.00 a.m.
Ratchaburi Province, Wat’s to visit and the Museum