The well-known Christ Church in the Thai capital Bangkok is an Anglican place of worship which attracts congregations with services in both Thai and English languages. The members of the church number approximately 400 and represent a multitude of varying denominations and nationalities. Its impressive Gothic themed building with its handsome interior has also attained the status of a popular visitor attraction.

Christianity arrived in the region now known as Thailand in the 16th century. Missionaries from the United States and British merchants were responsible for introducing Protestant Christianity to the area in the early 1800s. However the faith did not make much of an impact until the nation was made accessible to Western culture during the liberal reign of King Mongkut, also known as Rama IV. The Anglican faith developed steadily, so that the first local church became inadequate for the expanding number of worshippers. Accordingly the large church seen today was constructed on land magnanimously provided by King Chulalongkorn. The church conducted its first service in 1905.
Today the appearance of Christ Church is majestic and handsome without seeming ostentatious or showy. A classic example of elegant Gothic themed architecture this appealing shrine seems stately and inviting.

This imposing structure rests on a sturdy foundation of teakwood logs. The well proportioned pillars and walls are composed of plaster-covered brick. The lofty roof is elegantly tiled and is buttressed by strong shafts of teak. The base of the chancel and nave are also tiled and the actual sanctuary is lined with marble. The visitor will see that all of the features of the church are harmoniously and elegantly coordinated.

Interestingly this place of worship contains Thailand’s only pipe organ, which is greatly prized. Another much acclaimed feature at the shrine is its stained glass windows, particularly the one on the eastern side which portrays the Crucifixion. It is flanked by smaller complementary windows creating a magical effect. The church tower contains a still functional bell which dates back to early times.

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Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.