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Assumption Cathedral Bangkok

If you are into culture, history and architecture, this is for you! Assumption Cathedral is the perfect destination for exploring and getting to know more about the Thai history and the Thai culture and also taking amazing pictures with this unique, ancient, picturesque and one of a kind building!


  • Did you know that the church was solidified when Pope John Paul the second visited in 1984?
  • The front doors of the church usually open during daylight for visitors. Don’t forget to bring your camera with you!
  • You will find English services on Sundays at 10:00. Thai services are on weekdays at 16:00 and 17:15 while on Sundays at 6:00, 7:30 and 8:30.
  • The exact address of the church is 23 Charoen Krung Soi 40 (Oriental Avenue), Bangrak, Bangkok. T: (02) 234 8556.
  • Did you know that the church was named “Assumption” to honour the taking up of the Virgin Mary after her death to heaven?

All you need to know about Assumption Cathedral in Bangkok

Assumption Cathedral is one of the oldest churches and is considered the centre of Catholicism in Bangkok, Thailand. Located near the Chao Phraya River, this church is a top tourist attraction for its unique and ancient architecture. The church was built by the French missionaries who arrived in Thailand during the 17th century. A French architect designed the original structure of the cathedral by materials which he imported from Italy and France. Later, the structure was modified and replaced during the 1900s, after being damaged in the Second World War, by the Italian architects.

Its unique architecture

The cathedral’s exterior design with red bricks sets it apart from any other buildings in Bangkok. Furthermore, its unique architecture influenced by the French made it seem like a piece of Europe or “Little Europe”. The Cathedral is known for its buttresses, arcades, columns, piers and the semi-circular arches for openings. It is also considered a place for performing sacred festivals and ceremonies and a place of worship. Not only that, but also the Cathedral is used to celebrate many functions like priests and bishops, ordination of deacons and the centre of Catholics. There are also many educational institutions around the cathedral like Assumption Covent, Assumption Suska School and Assumption College. So, if you want to know more about the history and culture of the country, you should, definitely, visit this place!

Best way to get there

You can reach it from Saphan Taksin BTS station that stops in Charoen Krung Road. You will then walk down Charoen Krung Soi and you will find the Church. However, if you came from Oriental express boat pier, walk from the river straight and then turn right and then turn left and you will find the church.