Chao Pho Lak Mueang Shrine is a sacred site that has been respected by Samut Prakan people for more than 200 years. It is also regarded as the oldest Ganesha shrine in Thailand located at Mueang Phra Pradaeng town municipality, Talat sub-district, Phra Pradaeng district, Samut Prakan province.
Chao Pho Lak Mueang Shrine was constructed as a city shrine, in which the mystery thing was put in the same year when Khuean Khan City was built during the reign of King Buddha Loetla Nabhalai (King Rama II) in 1995.. It is a Thai, Chinese and Mon style, in which the bronze Ganesh statue is situated above the pillar. It is only the sole Ganesh that is a part of the city pillar. However, its square pillar made of brick and mortar and painted in red was actually deep into the shrine. Only few people have an opportunity to really reach the location of the pillar.
Stone Ganesh Shrine with four arms is situated at a Thai throne, sitting on a lotus base. His upper right hand holds a trident and the lower right hand a tusk; the upper left hand holds a lariat and the lower one a bowl. The Ganesh statue is simply beautiful because his body seldom has decorations even crowns.
The Ganesh statue is a center of faith of Phra Padaeng people and other people who have faith in him. Despite its location in the Phra Pradaeng market, faithful people worship him consistently. Although it was more than 200 years ago, the shrine is not only a heart of city but also a pillar of soul of Phra Pradaeng unceasingly.
Travel to the shrine: From Phra Pradaeng intersection (Suksawat Road), turn left to Phra Pradaeng market. Parking is available at Phra Pradaeng district office or take air-conditioned and regular buses no. 82 and 138 and private joint bus no. 6 to Phra Pradaeng market.
Open hours: daily from 6 am to 6 pm
Admission fee: free of charge
Additional information: Tel 0 2250 550