“Wat Bot or Wat Luang Po Toh” is a temple in Pathum Thani’s Sam Khok District that was founded in 1621 by Mon people who came from Hongsawadee City. It was originally an Ayutthaya period temple. It is a temple with a revered Buddha image, Luang Phor Lue, which is recognized as the Buddha image of Pathum Thani. There are lovely views all around the temple. Wat Bot is situated by the Chao Phraya River. The temple’s Somdej Phra Buddhachan (Toh Promrangsi) statue is Thailand’s largest. In addition, there is a zone within the temple grounds that sells savory and sweet cuisine as well as diverse products made by local people.
Wat Bot history
Wat Bot, formerly known as Wat Soi Nang Hong It’s in Ban Klang Village, Ban Klang Sub-district, Mueang Pathum Thani District, Pathum Thani Province, on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River. It was founded in 1621 by Mon people who had migrated from Pegu or Hongsawadi town, and it was named after the old settlement where they had settled. As a symbol of the city of Hongsawadee, the temple was named and a swan pillar was created. The temple covers a total area of 30 rai. In the year 1624, the king donated the land to the temple (Wisung Kham Seema). The temple has various ancient sites and antiques such as Viharn Raman Song kherung (Luang Po Raman Song kherung), Phra Saeng Panyasit (antiques from Raman). It also has a four-headed elephant that is used to embellish the head of a 150-year-old bronze pillar in the old chapel of the temple, as well as a statue of an iron dog that was bestowed by King Chulalongkorn on his visit to Sam Khok City, which was later changed to Pathum Thani.
Wat Bot's Highlights
Luang Phor Lue
In Pathum, there is a revered Buddha image. Thani Luang Pho Lue is a sandstone Buddha image in the posture of Buddha conquering temptations, with a total of 12 built in approximately 1964. The burglars grabbed the Buddha image from the chapel, but it was a massive and heavy Buddha image. The burglar decided to sever the Buddha’s head. There was only one Buddha image that had not been harmed. It was nothing short of a miracle. As a result, the people assumed it was a revered Buddha image, and the Buddha image has been known as “Luang Phor Lue” till now.
Statue of Somdet Phra Buddha Chan (Toh Phrom Rangsi)
The largest statue in Thailand is of Somdej Phra Buddhachan Toh, Buddha giving the first sermon action. It stands 28 meters tall and was built in 2006. Mr. Watcharapong Raositthipat was the presenter. A meandering viharn erected in a modern design in the region of the Dharma Ground of Luang Pho To was built to commemorate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 80th birthday on December 5, 2007.
Luang Phor Toh, formerly known as “Toh,” was a prominent monk during the Rattanakosin dynasty who was ordained as a novice during King Rama I’s reign. At Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram, the king ordained him as a royal monk. During King Rama IV’s reign, Somdet Toh was able to achieve and specialize in Buddhist Discipline. The title “Somdej Phra Buddhachan” was then granted by King Rama IV. Trust in the faith of the people. Whoever comes to worship and pray will be successful in life.
Luang Phor Sothorn
It is Thailand’s most renowned Buddha image. It was discovered in the second generation of the U-Thong period, carved in sandstone with gold lacquer and contemplating round face. Three Buddha statues float in several temples, according to legend. Luang Pho Wat Ban Laem in Samut Sakhon was the largest, Luang Pho Sothon was the middle, and Luang Pho To, Wat Bang Phli Yai in Samut Prakan, was the smallest. Thais believe that if they have the opportunity to worship, they will be blessed with more wealth and prosperity in life.
How to Get to Wat Bot
Pathum Thani’s transportation system is limited and inconvenient compared to Bangkok’s. As a result, renting a car or using a taxi is the ideal option to visit the temple.
-If traveling along the western ring road from Bang Bua Thong You don’t have to cross the Chao Phraya River bridge; instead, turn left and appreciate the scenery along the way. The path to Wat Luang Pho To will be marked by a sign. After driving beneath the bridge and along the road for approximately a kilometer, you’ll see the temple’s entrance on the left.
– Drive to the Sam Khok district line if coming from Pathum Thani Province. After going through the district and Wat Chan Ka Pho, you will come to a right-hand junction with a signpost; continue on the road for about 4-5 kilometers; the temple will be on the right.
– If approaching through the western ring road Take the Bang Pa-In Expressway (Bang Pa-In Expressway). Run to the checkpoint at Bang Pa-In. Then proceed to the three khok on the left. Make your way to the Kanchanaphisek line. You will notice Luang Pho when crossing the Chao Phraya River bridge. After exiting the bridge, turn left onto the irrigation road and drive for about 1-2 kilometers until you reach the temple’s entrance on the left.