Unseen in Bangkok
Phra Chao Suea's Golden Residence Hall
Sai is an old Ayutthaya temple like many other in this area.
It was renovated in the reigns of Rama IV and V. An exquisite
artwork in this temple often overlooked by visitors is an
old traditional house by the canal.
It is a living proof of the temple’s antiquity. Locals believe
that the house was built by King Suea of Ayutthaya during
his cruise along the canal. Later it was donated to the
temple. It is a one-storied Thai house with three rooms,
measuring about 9 by 5 meters, sitting on high poles. The
wall panels are blackened and gilded on both sides, from
which derived the name. The house is still in good shape,
but the gilded motifs are badly weathered.
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