City pillar shrine in Suphan Buri

City pillar shrine in Rua Yai, Suphan Buri. Photo: Pik Turbo.

City Pillar Shrine in Suphan Buri


The Suphan Buri City Pillar Shrine (ศาลเจ้าพ่อหลักเมืองสุพรรณบุรี) or City’s Guardian Shrine, is a beautiful Chinese temple and also the main city gate of Suphan Buri, in Central Thailand. It is located on on Malai Man Road, Tambon Rua Yai.

The shrine houses Shiva and Narayana statues carved from green stone and a Buddhist bas-relief to be at least 1,300 years old. Inside this fascinating complex visitors can admire the two pagodas, take a look at the giant Dragon statue, the Dragon Museum, several Chinese mythical bronze zodiac beasts, and a colonnade of Chinese deities.

Suphan Buri City Pillar Shrine is considered a sacred place by people in Suphanburi since ancient times. In the past the pavilion was built in Thai-style before being renovated to be in the style of Chinese building. In 1904, King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) took a private journey to Suphanburi and held a sacrificial ceremony to the shrine.

Many Thai-Chinese worshipers do actually go there to pay respects as well as welcome the Chinese new year. The temple is respected for both, Thai and Chinese.

The City Pillar Shrine opens everyday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Phone: +66 35 521 690

Photos by Pik Turbo, Max Pixel and Heinrich Damm.

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