Bangkok’s Tiger God Shrine (Chao Por Seua) is one of the most ancient and revered Chinese Buddhist temples in the city. Originally built on Bamrung Muang Road in 1834 during King Rama III’s era, the shrine was later relocated to Tanao Road during King Rama IV’s rule. It is dedicated to the spirit of a tiger believed to have the power to bless worshipers with good fortune while protecting them from evil forces.
Believers often worship the shrine by burning many incense sticks and candles, while food offerings such as pork, eggs, and sticky rice are also common. The Tiger God Shrine is also notable for its architectural style and elaborate interior design, particularly the antiques inside. The temple is often awash with activity, with festivals, operas, and puppet shows held here throughout the year.
Visiting the Tiger God Shrine can be combined with a visit to the Golden Mount at Wat Saket and the Giant Swing in front of Wat Suthat as part of an Old Bangkok city walking tour. It can also be enjoyed as part of a private tour of Bangkok's Three Phraeing community.
The Tiger God Shrine is open every day, and visitors should ensure they dress conservatively before entering. If not visiting as part of an organized tour, the Tiger God Shrine can be reached by taking a bus or taxi from almost anywhere in the city.
Did You Know? The tiger worshipped here is said to have lived in the jungle that once surrounded this area. Legend has it that the tiger killed and ate the only son of an elderly widowed woman, leaving her poor and alone. The tiger later regretted this and began to protect and provide for the old woman instead.