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Wat Pa Phu Kon, Udon Thani

       Another lovely temple in Thailand’s northeast is Wat Pa Phu Kon in the Na Yung District of Udon Thani province. The splendor of Buddhist art building and the peacefulness of Wat Pa Phu Kon attract visitors. This temple is located in the heart of rich mountains and maintains the prosperity forest, wildlife, and diverse plants on an area of more than 3,000 rai. Tourists who have the opportunity to visit Udon Thani should go to the temple to worship.

Wat Pa Phu Kon, Udon Thani, Thailand

Wat Pa Phu Kon story

       Wat Pa Phu Kon is located in the Na Yung-Nam Som National Forest Reserve at Ban Na Kham Yai, Tambon Ban Kong, on the border of three provinces: Udon Thani, Loei, and Nong Khai. The temple arose from a number of Buddhists’ recognition of the contribution and benefits of nature and watershed forests, which were gradually deteriorating, as well as their desire to follow in the footsteps of the late King Rama IX in keeping forests fertile. As a result, they sought permission to build Wat Pa Phu Kon on land within the Na Yung-Nam Som National Forest Reserve. Wat Pa Phu Kon is a tranquil location where monks can practice meditation and mental development. The image hall, surrounding pavilions, and buildings on the hilltop are all beautifully designed in the Thai style. The image hall in Rattanakosin art has three entrances and houses the “Phra Phuttha Saiyat Lokkanat Satsada Maha Muni,” a white marble Buddha image in the posture of entering Nibbana.

Wat Pa Phu Kon highlight

Wat Pa Phu Kon, Udon Thani, Thailand

Phra Phuttha Saiyat Lokkanat Satsada Maha Muni

       The 20-meter-long reclining image features exquisite Buddha’s marks and was built in 2011 on the auspicious occasion of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 7th Cycle or 84th Birthday Anniversary. The interior of the image hall features spectacular decorations of the Buddha’s teachings, with 22 panels of copper relief around the walls depicting the Lord Buddha’s life and Ten Birth-stories, with the goal of communicating the Lord Buddha’s perseverance and sacrifice in order to obtain the Ten Perfections during each of his ten incarnations. Above each panel is a carved phrase from the Itipiso chanting in dark green on white marble, making the image hall’s walls appealing and one-of-a-kind.

Wat Pa Phu Kon, Udon Thani, Thailand

Ong Phra Pathom Rattana Buraphachan Maha Chedi

       On top of a hill, there is also “Ong Phra Pathom Rattana Buraphachan Maha Chedi,” a bell-shaped chedi covered in golden mosaic. At the front of the Chedi stands the 4.5-metre-tall principal Buddha image of “Phra Ruang Rungrot Si Burapha” in the posture of persuading the relatives not to quarrel. The Buddha’s relics are enshrined in the Chedi’s topmost orb. Inside, the second floor houses carved marble images of meditation monk masters, while the first floor houses the eight requisites as well as pictures of the monk masters.

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Wat Pa Phu Kon, Udon Thani, Thailand

Visiting Wat Pa Phu Kon

       When you arrive in Udon Thani, take the Nong Khai Provincial Highway. When you reach the 13th kilometer marker, turn left into Ban Phue District, then Na Yung District until you reach Ban Na Kham Yai, where you will find Wat Pa Phu Kon. The journey from Udon Thani town to Wat Pa Phu Kon is 125 kilometers long and takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. All types of vehicles are permitted to access the temple. However, if it is a large bus, you must stop at the entrance and take a minibus to the temple for a fee of 20 baht per person.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/HqpLdwioxv4kACGP7

Address : 99 Village No. 6, Ban Kong Subdistrict, Na Yung District, Udon Thani 41380

Tel : 08-2835-0668

Open for viewing: 08:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Website : https://www.facebook.com/watpaphukon/ 

                    www.watpaphukon.org

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