Wat Samphran

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Wat Samphran (Thai วัดสามพราน) is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Amphoe Sam Phran, Nakhon Pathom province, around 40 kilometers to the west of Bangkok. The temple was officially registered in 1985.[1]

The temple is notable for its 17-story tall pink cylindrical building with a gigantic red-and-green dragon sculpture curling around the entire height. The interior of the dragon sculpture contains a spiraling flight of stairs, which has however deteriorated to a poor condition in places. It also contains a huge Buddha statue as well as many additional Buddhist statues.[2][3][4]

The temple clergy was involved in a sexual assault scandal that resulted in long prison sentences in 2004.[5]


Coordinates: 13°44′6″N 100°12′54″E / 13.73500°N 100.21500°E / 13.73500; 100.21500