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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Immaculate Concepcion Church : Thailand

I had the privilege to visit Immaculate Concepcion Church at Chantaburi Thailand late last year.  My work place is just an hour drive to Chantaburi and upon knowing through my research online that the biggest Catholic church in Thailand can be found at Chantaburi, I didn't think twice and told myself that I wanted to visit the church.  So, I planned for a 2 days off and headed to Chantaburi right after I left the office.  

I stayed at KP Hotel which is one of the well known hotel in Chantaburi and located right at the center of this beautiful town.  I have chosen this hotel for it's complete facilities having a gym, a pool and sauna.  The following day, I approached the front desk clerk and asked her the way going to Immaculate Concepcion Church.  It was fast and easy!  I just hired a motor taxi (this is how they call it in Cambodia and Thailand) and asked the driver to bring me to the church.  The church is very near to the hotel where I stayed.  Just 6 minutes drive by motor taxi.  In fact, if you love to walk, you can very well do so as it is within walking distance.  However, the sun was shining very bright that day and I was a bit reluctant to have a walk.

As I reached the church, I felt amazed with it's beautiful architecture.  The design of the church is a little bit similar to Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon which I also visited nearly 2 years ago.  I know that majority of the Thai people are Buddhist and I was surprised to see a well built Catholic church with many elements of old European design combined with Thai elements of woods.  I love it's ceiling. Looks elegant.  I heard that this church was built in 1906, nearly 10 years of French occupation of the said town.

If you happen to go to Chantaburi, this church will be worth a visit. 

As what I always normally do when I visit a church the very first time, I uttered a simple prayer with a simple wish. and I think my wishes are coming true. :)


Front view of the church


 Side view of the church
I asked the Thai Driver to take my pic and he obliged willingly :)


 inside the church


church ceiling

church compound 

Grotto at the church compound 

Beautiful architecture


30 comments:

  1. So there is a catholic church in thailand pala.

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  2. I love visiting churches. It's nice to know that there is one in thailand. My mom wants to go there since we love Thai food.

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  3. It looks sooo serene and beautiful! Did you make your wish ? :)

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  4. what a beautiful church,.. you're lucky to have a chance to visit the place..

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  5. Interesting architecture! It is good you found a Catholic Church in Thailand...

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  6. That's a beautiful church. There are also catholic church in Thailand pala.. :)

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  7. Ang ganda naman....It looks like it is situated far from the noisy streets? I think that all churches and prayer facilities should be like that, far from the noise where you can pray in silence.

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  8. The church looks so elegant! Sarap cguro ikasal dyan!

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  9. i like the church's interior design, may catholic church pala sa thailand...

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  10. wow, that's a very beautiful church! You're so lucky to be able to see that place. I love your photo of the front view of the church! thanks for sharing! :-)

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  11. Wow, ang ganda! I don't think I've ever seen a church here with the same architecture. Very modern tong sa Thailand.

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  12. That's a really grand looking church that you visited. Very beautiful.

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  13. Would love to come back to thailand!!! I super miss!

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  14. It's beautiful! Looks like cathedrals in Europe. Have never been outside Bangkok. Next time we're in Thailand I'll suggest this place to my family.

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  15. that's really a wonderful church. :) i hope to travel over the world someday.

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  16. visiting churches is also what we normally do whether on a domestic trip or out of the country with the family. it's good to know you do too. those photos are lovely btw. :)

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  17. I used to go to this church. Great photos!

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  18. Nice church. Simple yet gives that quite and solemn characteristics.

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  19. The structure of the church itself is really unique. I love paintings. Very simple yet elegant.

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  20. The church looks beautiful inside and out!

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  21. looks a huge church to me and i like the grotto

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  22. i would love to visit Thailand. We have a supplier there. It will really be a great experience if I visited this country.

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  23. Beautiful! I'm sure it looks way better up close.

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  24. Beautiful church! Which reminds me, I need to come up with a list of churches for Visita Iglesia. :)

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  25. I;m reminded of san Sebastian Church in Manila seeing the beautiful architecture of this church. :)

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  26. It's been a while since I entered into a Catholic church. I really admire the architecture of such structures ... really cool.

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  27. What a beautiful church and photos. Thanks for sharing this with us... Have a great week!
    Eliz

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  28. Ung loob ng church parang dito lang sa Pinas ah nice trip!

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  29. pretty church. I love the gray and white trimmed facade.

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