Church of Santa Cruz

sights / Religious

Church of Santa Cruz information

Bangkok , Thailand
Address
Street Soi Kuti Jiin
Getting there
ferry river-crossing ferry from Tha Pak Talat (Atsadang)
Opening hours
7am-noon Sat & Sun
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Centuries before Sukhumvit became Bangkok's international district, the Portuguese claimed fa·ràng (Western) supremacy and built the Church of Santa Cruz in the 1700s. The land was a gift from King Taksin in appreciation for the loyalty the Portuguese community had displayed after the fall of Ayuthaya. The surviving church dates to 1913.

Very little activity occurs on the grounds itself, but small and fascinating village streets break off from the main courtyard into the area known as Kuti Jiin, the local name for the church. On Soi Kuti Jiin 3, several houses sell Portuguese-inspired cakes and sweets.