Historical Bang Kung Camp

Situated very close to the Damneon Saduak floating market, the other day we also went to Bang Kung Camp in the afternoon. It’s about a 15 minute drive from the Damneon Saduak floating market and as mentioned in our blog yesterday, there are several other floating markets in this area to which you will see the signs that you cannot miss if your driving. How to get there? Hire a taxi – super easy OR rent a car and take Rama II Hwy southwest out of Bangkok, drive for about 63km. Exit the hwy and look for signs saying the Mae Klong River or Damneon Saduak Floating Market. It wasn’t hard to find, we asked for directions from locals along the way which was very helpful. The historical significance of this Bang Kung Camp is that King Taksin the Great attacked, battled and defeated the Burmese at this site in 1768. This battle is credited with saving Siam from Burmese conquest because Ayutthaya had just fallen to the Burmese and the Thai’s were down on their luck and the Burmese were feeling their oats. The battle at Bang Kung engaged short weapons combat and this win revived the Thai spirit. At this sight you will see Bang Kung Temple, a temple encased in a tree and life size figures of Thai men engaged in Mauy Thai style fighting.

Entrance to Bank Kung Temple

Bang Kung Temple encased in a tree

Inside the temple at Bang Kung Camp

The tree surrounding the temple

Thai soldiers in close quarters battle

The Mae Klong River

on the banks of the Mae Klong River, the oldest Gothic Catholic Church in Thailand, just a few minutes drive from Bang Kung Camp

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