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Wat Bot, Pathum Thani

       “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, Pathum Thani Province, Thailand

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.


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Wat Bot, Pathum Thani Province, Thailand

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.

Wat Bot, Pathum Thani Province, Thailand

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.

Wat Bot, Pathum Thani Province, Thailand

       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.

Wat Bot, Pathum Thani Province, Thailand

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.

Wat Bot, Pathum Thani Province, Thailand

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.

Wat Bot, Pathum Thani Province, Thailand

Address : Wat Bot, Bang Krabue Subdistrict, Sam Khok District, Pathum Thani Province

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/b6P2A2appLM4FiZo6

Time: It is open to the public from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tel : 091-999-8833/097-243-5084

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/WatBot

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Wat Muang, Ang Thong

       There are various must-see attractions at Wat Muang. The Ubosot is encircled by the world’s largest lotus petals. Wihan Kaeo, one of the image halls, has a museum on the ground level with sacred objects, antiques, and figures of nationally revered monks on display. The museum’s upper level includes the country’s first and largest silver holy Buddha image, which was produced to commemorate His Majesty the King’s accession to the throne 50 years ago.

Wat Muang, Angthong, Thailand

Wat Muang has a long and illustrious history.

       It used to be an abandoned temple from the late Ayutthaya period. When the city fell to the Burmese army, numerous residences, temples, and Buddha images were destroyed. As a result, Wat Muang was completely demolished, leaving only ruins. Until Phrakhru Wibul Acharakhun (Luang Por Kasem Acharnsupho) visited the area on a pilgrimage and discovered that it was an ideal location for dharma practice. He got a vision of Luang Pu Khao and Luang Pu Daeng telling him to help restore the temple during his meditation. Following that, he began to rehabilitate the locations. Wat Muang has continued to grow since then. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej presented Wisung Khamsima to Wat Muang on September 12, 1986.

Wat Muang, Angthong, Thailand

       As a result, Luang Por Kasem gathered his strength to pray with those who shared his faith in order to contribute to the creation of a big Buddha picture to honor His Majesty the King. A stunning golden Buddha picture dedicated to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose name is “Phra Phuttha Mahamin Sakyamuni Si Wisetchaichan,” with a lap width of 62 meters and a height of 93 meters. It is visible from a distance. The construction took 16 years. The chapel of Wat Muang is majestic and grand. The largest in the world, quirky and surrounded by lovely stucco lotus petals. Inside are murals on the Buddha’s history. There are stucco figures of Arhats, numerous gods, both Chinese and Brahmins, all over the temple. For those visitors who come to the temple, there is a simulation of the city of Hell-Heaven that is hidden with the morals and major events of Bang Rachan Camp so that they learn a history that should be remembered.

Wat Muang has a lot of interesting stuff inside it.

Wat Muang, Angthong, Thailand

Luang Por Yai of Wat Muang

       Luang Por Yai or Luang Por Kasem used the name “Phra Phuttha Maha Nawamin Sakyamuni Sri Wiset Chai Chan” to make a large Buddha image to present to His Majesty King Rama IX. The Buddha image was erected by all pupils of Luang Por Kasem and individuals who believe in Buddhism until it was completed on February 16, 2007, after a total building period of around 16 years. The Buddha image temple has a height of 63.05 meters, a height of 95 meters from the Buddha image’s base to the top of the Buddha statue, and a budget of more than 100 million baht. Thai people believe that touching the tip of Luang Por Yai palm will bring them blessings for job success. To pray with Luang Por Yai, place two hands on his middle finger and intend to ask for whatever you want. If you do so correctly, you will receive the needed outcomes. As a result, a large number of tourists visit to pay their respects.

Wat Muang, Angthong, Thailand

Traveling from Bangkok to the province of Ang Thong

       – Car from Bangkok to the province of Ang Thong. The trip is around 105 kilometers long, takes about 2 hours, and can be done in different ways.

       The Phahon Yothin route is used on Route 1. From Bangkok, use Highway 32 to the Asian route. The route passes through Bang Pa-In District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Bang Pahan District, and Ang Thong, covering a total distance of 105 kilometers.

       A new cut path is used on Route 2. Take National Highway No. 340 across the Phra Pinklao – Taling Chan Bridge, traveling via Nonthaburi- Pathum Thani – Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya – Suphan Buri – Ang Thong, a total distance of roughly 150 kilometers.

       Route 3 is the third route. Take National Highway No. 3111 from Bangkok to Pathum Thani, passing via Pak Kret, Bang Sai District, Sena District, and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. Then take Route 3263 to Amphoe Pa Mok – Ang Thong, a 140-kilometer journey, or take the Udon Ratthaya Expressway. (Expressway between Bang Pa-In and Pak Kret) Please contact 1543 for additional details.

       – Take the bus Every day, The Transport Company Limited runs regular and air-conditioned buses between Bangkok and Ang Thong. To get to the bus terminal, take the bus from the Northern Bus Terminal on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road. The Province of Ang Thong Please contact 1490 for additional information. http://home.transport.co.th/index.php/th/


Wat Muang, Angthong, Thailand

How to Get to Wat Muang

– It takes about 8 minutes to drive from Ang Thong Bus Terminal to Wat Muang, a distance of about 4.9 kilometers.

– public transportation Tourists can commute between the city and the district by minibus. Depending on the distance and negotiation, the price ranges from 1,000 to 2,000 baht per day. various locations throughout the province, including in front of the municipal market and the bus station. The service cost is calculated depending on distance and is set at a fixed rate.

Address : Hua Taphan Subdistrict, Wiset Chai Chan District, Ang Thong Province

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Tu664GcsYDyCrTf98

Viewing times are from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Website : https://www.facebook.com/watmuang, http://www.watmuang.com

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Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya

        Wat Chaiwatthanaram. It is located in Ban Pom Subdistrict, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. On the west shore, outside the city island, along the Chao Phraya River. Wat Chaiwattanaram is a popular tourist destination in Ayutthaya, located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The Temple was built in B.E.1630 by King Prasat Thong to commemorate his mother, and its distinguishing feature is a massive center prang (Khmer-style pagoda) encircled by smaller prangs, signifying Mount Sumeru, the gods’ mountain.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Chaiwatthanaram history

       The king, Prasat Thong, built the temple in B.E.1630 as a testament to his mother’s residency in the area. It is named after a long-reigning and glorious era. Prince Damrong claimed it was created to commemorate Ayutthaya’s victory over Longvek. With a central prang of 35 meters and four smaller prangs. On a rectangular platform. Hidden doors with steep stairs lead to around halfway up. Eight chedi-shaped chapels surround the central platform, connected by a rectangular cross-shaped corridor (Phra Rabieng). The corridor was once roofed and opened inwards, but only the pillar foundations and the outside wall remain now. There were 120 sitting Buddha figures painted in black and gold along the wall.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

       The unusual shape of the eight chedi-like chapels They contained paintings on the inside and 12 reliefs on the outside showing scenes from Buddha’s life (Jataka), which must be “read” clockwise. Only pieces of painting and reliefs remain. These chedis had two sitting Buddha statues, and the four middle chedis had one large sitting Buddha statue, likewise in black and gold. Golden stars on black lacquer adorned the ceiling above the statues. The temple’s ordination hall stood outside the east corridors, near the river (Phra Ubosot). The king’s mother’s ashes were buried in two chedis north and south of the Ubosot. The temple was abandoned after the Burmese destroyed the old capital in 1767, including Wat Chai Watthanaram. Theft, the sale of ruined bricks, and the decapitation of Buddha sculptures were all prevalent. The Thai Department of Fine Arts began restoration work in 1987. It was publicized in 1992.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Chaiwatthanaram Architecture

inner base

       Wat Chaiwatthanaram. On the same base are the main and corner prangs. The main prang brought the early Ayutthaya pagoda form. But at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, the porch protruded considerably. A little chedi may have been affixed to the huge prang. The Chulamanee Pagoda atop Phra Sumen Mountain. A balcony with a roof surrounds the main prang. A wall of a religious space used to be gilded inside the balcony. In each of the eight directions, crematoriums were built, with Buddha images inside each one. The Ruean Kaew facade is completely lacquered and gold-gilded. The ceiling is also decorated with lacquered wood.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand


       Phra Ubosot, outside the crematorium wall. Only the base remains. There are 12 wooden recessed chedis. Three tiers of walls encircle these ancient monuments, with little pagodas added later.


       Crematorium. Surrounded by eight pagodas, the crematorium’s walls are painted with a faded Kanok leaf. The crematorium’s outside wall has 12 faded stucco images of the Buddha’s life, which were visible 20 years ago. The crematorium is a castle with 7 storeys supporting the top. The origin of the name comes from the crematorium. The Ayutthaya royal funeral concept from Mount Phra Sumen. The stucco Buddha is inside Wat Chaiwatthanaram’s cremation. A big Buddha image, Phra Phuttha Nimit Wichit Marmoli Sri Sanphet Borom Trilokanat (Phuttha Nimit). It is assumed that it was extensively renovated during King Prasat Thong’s reign.


Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

How to travel to Wat Chaiwatthanaram

From Bangkok to Ayutthaya

– By private car from Bangkok to Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya There are various routes.

1. Drive through Pratunam Phra In on Highway 1 (Phahon Yothin Road). Then take Highway 32, then Highway 309 into Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya Province.

2. To cross the Nonthaburi or Nuan Chawee Bridges, take Highway 304 (Chaeng Watthana Road) or Highway 302 (Ngamwongwan Road). Continue on Highway 3111 until Sena District, then turn right. Take 3263 to Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya.

Travelers can use Google Maps to find more suitable routes.

Travel by Van.

To get to Ayutthaya, tourists can take a bus from Bangkok. The fare to Future Park Rangsit starts at 60 baht, depending on distance and pick-up spot.

Travel by train.

From Hua Lamphong Station, take the train north. Exit at Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya. Trains run daily from 04.20 A.M. until 10.45. P.M. Trains in the third class start at 15 baht. For further information, call 1690 or visit www.railway.co.th.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

Visiting Wat Chaiwatthanaram

-Own car Wat Chaiwatthanaram is outside Ayutthaya. via the Kasattrathirat Bridge path across the Chao Phraya river. Turn left when leaving the bridge. Then continue straight for 750 meters to the temple. (The temple has a parking lot.)

-Tuk-Tuk: In Ayutthaya, tuk-tuks cost 20-40 baht per person, depending on distance. The hourly rate is roughly 200 baht.

-Grabcar, an Ayutthaya region ride-hailing system using the Grab smartphone. You can check the fare rate on the screen before calling the car to various locations. Grab is available at http://grb.to/2F9a2bx.


10 baht Thai, 50 baht foreign, or a combo ticket of 40 baht Thai/230 baht. This pass allows access to the historical park’s temples and monuments. 30 days.

Important facts to know:

Visitors should dress modestly in sleeved shirts. Dress casually. And avoid wearing too-tight garments. Also, do not destroy or ruin the old place. including climbing and violating forbidden zones. From 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., different ancient sites in Ayutthaya Historical Park will be lighted.

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Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya

       This is a popular Ayutthaya temple for tourists. This antique temple, despite its appearance, is thought to date back to before Ayutthaya was founded. For a long time, the Chinese inhabited the neighborhood where this temple is located. Almost all Thais and Chinese-Thais come to Wat Phanan Choeng to worship the largest Buddha image in Ayutthaya, Phra Phuttha Trairatana Nayok, also known as Luang Pho To Buddha Image or Sam Po Kong Buddha Image in Chinese. Wat Phanan Choeng Worawiharn is located on the south bank of the Pasak River, opposite the main city, in Khlong Suan Plu Subdistrict. Wat Phanan Choeng may be found on the right after turning left from Wat Yai Chai Monkon about a kilometer.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

History of Wat Phanan Choeng

       Wat Phanan Choeng has a long and illustrious history. The construction began before the city of Ayutthaya was founded. It’s impossible to say who made it because there’s no definite evidence. Lord Sai Nam Phueng (Phra Chao Sai Namphung), according to the Northern Chronicles, was the founder and granted the name “Wat Chao Phra Nang Choeng,” as well as the old royal chronicles. The Buddha image was established in B.E.1867, according to Luang Prasert Aksornnit, which was 26 years before King U-Thong founded Ayutthaya. Luang Pho Sam Po Kong, a big Buddha image and the largest in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya was a stucco Buddha image in Buddha overcoming temptations, with a lap width of 20 meters and a height of 19 meters. It had been destroyed in the city’s trash, but it had been restored throughout. Until the time of King Mongkut of Rattanakosin, who ordered the restoration of the Buddha’s entire body in B.E.1851 and renamed him “Phra Buddha Trirattana Nayok,” or “Luang Pho Sam Po Kong” among Thai Buddhists of Chinese heritage.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       “Phanaeng Choeng” means “cross-legged sitting.” As a result, “Phanan Choeng Temple” (Wat Phra Naeng Choeng or Wat Phra Chao Phanaeng Choeng) refers to the temple in Luang Por To where the Buddha image is seated in the position of “Buddha conquering temptations.” Another temple legend is “Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak,” according to which the queen sat cross-legged while Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak resisted her death. They used to call the temple because Chinese people like to sit cross-legged rather than squat. Some people refer to it as “Wat Phra Nang Au Choeng” because of the cause of her death; however, if the temple’s name is translated as “Wat Phanan Choeng,” it refers to a temple with a sitting Buddha image, which is “Luang Por To.”

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Luang Pho To of Wat Phanan Choeng

       “Luang Pho To” or “Phra Buddha Trirattana Nayok,” a Buddha image in U-Thong art at the end, in the position of Buddha defeating temptations, cross-legged, lap-size 14.20 meters wide, 19.20 meters high, gold-lacquered stucco material Since the inception of the city, Luang Pho To has been recognized as an old amulet of Ayutthaya. According to the Ancient Documents of Luang Prasert Aksornnit, it was built in B.E.1868 or during King Ramathibodi I’s reign. According to legend, when the enemy conquered Ayutthaya, Luang Por To wept. Luang Por To, also known as “Sampokong” among Chinese people, is one of the most recognized people in the country. Every year, a large number of Chinese people, in addition to Thais, come to worship.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Golden Buddha statue in Wat Phanan Choeng

       The golden Buddha image, cement buddha, and Naga buddha are all major Buddha images in Wat Phanan Choeng’s ubosot. The first was constructed of bronze during the Sukhothai period, with a lap width of 3 cubits and a height of 4 cubits with a bright golden color reflecting beautifully. The middle one is an Ayutthaya era stucco Buddha image with a lap width of 4 cubits and a height of 5 cubits. The most recent Buddha image was a reddish-colored Sukhothai-era Buddha image with a lap width of 3 cubits and a height of 5 cubits.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

        This golden and Naga Buddha figure was recently discovered by chance, according to legend, because it was initially plastered with plaster until it resembled a general stucco Buddha image. The reason for this is most likely because Ayutthaya was invaded by the enemy in the past. People feared that the golden Buddha image and the Naga Buddha image might be stolen or burned back then. While the mortar was still wet, the gold was plastered to create a robe and various elements such as Sculpture the Buddha’s face and hair to show that it wasn’t a golden Buddha and a Naga Buddha image. Due to the crumb of cement that had been split out and the interior was gold, it was not realized until later that it was a golden Buddha image. As a result, the cement was gradually chipped away, revealing a golden Buddha picture ensconced within the temple’s chapel.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak

       Aside from Luang Pho To, which is a centerpiece of the temple, many people visit every day to worship. In the pre-Ayutthaya era, there is also “Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak Shrine” or “Mae Soi Dok Mak Shrine,” which is a memorial to love that ended in tragedy. Many individuals wish to pray for the blessing of love in their worship. According to the tradition of the Northern Chronicles, the King of Krung Jean (China) Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak had an adopted son named Soi Dok Mak by Jan Mak when she was a young woman with a beautiful appearance. The king of Ayodhya (Ayutthaya), according to the fortuneteller, would be her spouse. As a result, King Krung Jean had a royal message for King Sai Nam Phueng to deliver.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       After hearing the royal message, King Sai Nam Phueng traveled by boat to Krung jean. The King of Krung jean was overjoyed. As a result, he was given the task of organizing a procession to welcome Phra Chao Sai Nam Phueng into the palace, as well as the coronation of Phra Nang Soi Dok Mai as his bride. King Sai Nam Phueng returned to the city after paying his respects to King Krung Jean. As a result, King Krung Jean provided 5 junk boats and 500 Chinese workers talented in various disciplines to return to Ayothaya. When the king arrives at “Mae Bia Pak Nam,” which is near “Laem Bang Kacha” (in front of Wat Phanan Choeng at present), King Sai Nam Phueng was the first to arrive in the city, preparing the palace for the arrival of Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak. When Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak did not see King Sai Nam Phueng pick her up in the morning welcoming procession, she became enraged


Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       As a result, she refused to get off the boat, claiming, “It’s difficult to travel to the city; why didn’t the king come to take me up when I arrived at the palace?” I’m not going anywhere till he comes to pick me up.”  “If she has already arrived, stay there as she pleases,” King Sai Nam Phueng responded, thinking she was joking. The monarch then came to fetch her up on his own when he boarded the junk where Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak was staying. As a result, she had a lot of complaints to make to him. King Sai Nam Phueng was perplexed as a result. “Stay here if you don’t want to get up.” Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak misunderstood what he said. She misunderstood what he meant to say and resolved to kill herself on the royal barge at Pak Nam Mae Bia until she died. It was king Sai Nam Phueng’s deep sadness that he kindly brought the body to the royal fire at Laem Bang Kacha and constructed a monastery there called “Wat Phra Chao Phra Nang Choeng” or “Phanaeng Choeng,” which means “the touchy queen.” The king then authorized the construction of Mae Soi Dok Mak Shrine to memorialize her love. From before the Ayutthaya era until the present day, this temple has served as a reminder of Thailand’s long-standing friendship with China. There are additional events to keep Chinese traditions alive, such as the pouring of baskets and cleaning the Chinese cemetery, among others.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       Chinese architecture and art are abundant at the Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak Shrine. Pei Niang is inscribed in Thai and Chinese characters on the placard in front of the temple. It signifies “grieving girl” when translated separately, but “merciful mother” when translated together. The shrine is a two-story brick structure with intricate stucco decorations. The owner of the property is on the ground floor, while the goddess Guan Yin, Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak’s idol, is on the second floor. It also houses a Chinese-style statue of Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak, which the Chinese hold in high regard. Almost everyone came to the temple to cover Luang Pho To’s riches, and they also had to show homage to Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak. This shrine also houses an antique anchor, which is thought to be the anchor of the Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak vessel. For a long time, people have spoken about Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak’s purity and supernatural power. She is claimed to be monogamous, devoting all of her affection to King Sai Nam Phueng and forbidding any man from touching her statue under any circumstances.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       A man came to clean the image of Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak decades ago. When the man came home, he appeared to be in excruciating pain and died for unknown causes. In the past, there was a scenario identical to this where two men came to polish her picture and died quickly. Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak was known to be dissatisfied, and she still refuses to let any man touch her image. There will be a ceremony to worship Mae Soi Dok Mak Shrine when a Chinese opera is performed in the ninth month at Wat Phanan Choeng. The incense burner is the sole thing summoned to the outdoors during the shrine’s ritual procession. People who are Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak mediums from all around the world will attend this event. It is believed that Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak, a medium who typically can not speak Chinese, was able to speak Chinese astoundingly well.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       Previously, the shrine’s whole staff was made up of Chinese people who could listen and speak the language fluently. They asserted “Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak used to come here and inquire for old treasures that she had acquired from China. What happened to it and where is it now?” Furthermore, every member of the shrine’s management team had already witnessed Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak. She is dressed in white Chinese clothing and has a stunning face.

       The holiness of Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak is still revered today. Those who come to the shrine and express a wish, such as requesting a child, life success, or love, are frequently granted their wishes. They return to Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak with pearl necklaces, cosmetics, and lion dances when they have obtained everything they require. The legend of Prince Sai Nam Phueng and Queen Soi Dok Mak is also a legend of Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan’s building, leading people to believe that Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak can inspire individuals who pay tribute to realize their goals in every way.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Travel to Wat Phanan Choeng

Getting to Ayutthaya from Bangkok

-Private cars from Bangkok, can travel to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. There are several routes as follows.

1. Take Highway No. 1 (Phahon Yothin Road) through Pratunam Phra In. Then turn left onto Highway No. 32, turn left onto Highway No. 309, into Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province.

2. Take Highway No. 304 (Chaeng Watthana Road) or Highway No. 302 (Ngamwongwan Road), turn right onto Highway No. 306 (Tiwanon Road) and cross the Nonthaburi Bridge or Nuan Chawee Bridge. to Pathum Thani Province, continue with the route Pathum Thani-Samkhok-Sena (Highway 3111) turning right at Sena District. Take Highway No. 3263 to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province.

Travelers can check more suitable routes from the Google Map application.

– Van. Tourists can take a Bangkok-Ayutthaya van at Mo Chit Bus Terminal. Or at the Future Park Rangsit shopping mall, the fare starts at 60 baht, depending on the distance and the pick-up point.

– Train Visitors can use the train that runs north from Hua Lamphong Station. Get off at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Station The trains are available daily from 04.20 A.M. 10.45 P.M. Fares start at 15 baht for third-class trains. Tourists can contact the State Railway of Thailand for more information at 1690 or visit www.railway.co.th.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

How to get to Wat Phanan Choeng

– private car Wat Phanan Choeng is located outside the island of Ayutthaya. from the island of Ayutthaya Drive to the Chedi Wat Sam Pluem Roundabout. Turn left until you see Wat Yai Chaimongkol. Then turn right and drive straight to find Wat Phanan Choeng by the river.

– Tuk-Tuk: In Ayutthaya, there are tuk-tuks available at a rate of 20-40 baht per person, depending on the distance. For chartering a car: The cost of renting a tuk-tuk per hour is around 200 baht.

– Grabcar: The Ayutthaya area has a ride-hailing system through the Grab application. You can check the fare rate each time on the screen before you click to call the car to various places. Tourists can download the Grab app at http://grb.to/2F9a2bx.

Buying tickets for Thai nationals is free. Foreigners have an entrance fee of 20 baht.

Address: Moo 2, Khlong Suan Phlu Subdistrict, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/BArmRHdvmvzToTb87

Open for viewing: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Website : https://www.facebook.com/Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan

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Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Ayutthaya

       Wat Yai Chaimongkol is considered the most important historical temple in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, as well as one of the most popular tourist temples. As a result, it is common to see a large number of tourists visiting this temple. This Wat Yai Chaimongkhon is notable for its historical story from the Ayutthaya period, as well as its outstanding architecture. See Ayutthaya’s tallest chedi. The palace of King Naresuan the Great is located behind the temple. People are welcome to come and worship. In addition, there is a lovely garden in the surrounding area where you can unwind. Tourists who wish to visit Ayutthaya should not pass it up.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Chai Mongkhon Temple), Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Yai Chaimongkol's History

       It is one of Thailand’s oldest temples. It was constructed during the reign of King Ramathibodi I, also known as King U-Thong, the founder of Ayutthaya, in the early Ayutthaya period. According to legend, in 1357, King U-Thong ordered the exhumation of Chao Kaew’s body from his grave after he died of cholera, and the body was burned. Following that, the site was transformed into a monastery known as “Wat Pa Kaeo.” Later, the monks were ordained by the Rattana Maha Thera in Sri Lanka, returning to the temple. The people of Ayutthaya held high regard for these monks. As a result, more people are flocking to Wat Pa Kaew to be ordained. The King U-Thong Monastery So he appointed Somdej Phra Wanratana as the temple’s abbot.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Chai Mongkhon Temple), Ayutthaya, Thailand

A significant episode in the history of Wat Pa Kaew

       The temple’s ubosot used to be where a group of people planned to eliminate Khun Worawongsathirat and Thao Srisudachan. Their plan was successful at the time, so he invited Phra Thienracha to ascend the throne, naming the Great King, B.E. 2104. During the King’s reign, a royal command was issued to the Patriarch of Wat Pa Kaew to carry out the sentence. The base was dedicated to the auspicious occasion of Phra Srisin’s rebellion in B.E. 2135. There was a significant event that leads us to believe that the main chedi of the temple was built to commemorate the king’s victory over the Viceroy of Burma. As a result, it is thought that the name Wat Yai Chaimongkol derives from this.

       Interest point Chedi Chaimongkol, a monument to King Naresuan the Great’s great victory over Mangayo Java, Viceroy of Hong Sawadee in Nong Sarai Subdistrict, Suphan Buri Province. Burmese troops had crossed the border into Khanthasima at the time. King Naresuan and his younger brother, Somdej Thotsarot, led the army to battle and drove the elephant into the enemy’s encirclement, while the enemy attempted to fire on the king. Because the generals were unable to catch up with the king in time, the king declared loudly, “Lord, we will stand in the shade of the tree and invite us to come out and do the battle together to be honored in the land.” No king would be able to win battles in the future. The viceroy of Burma, an occult elephant, came out to fight alongside King Naresuan in the battle of that time, and King Naresuan was able to defeat the enemy commander.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Chai Mongkhon Temple), Ayutthaya, Thailand

       When the king returned to Siam, he punished the soldiers who did not follow the king during the battle in accordance with the rules and had to face the death penalty. In the period of criminal waiting for punishment, Somdej Phra Panrat, the Buddhist supreme patriarch of Buddhist priests, asked the king to pardon all soldiers, along with 25 monks. By claiming that he was compared to Lord Buddha, who was surrounded by a swarm of demons before attaining enlightenment. It is the honor and prestige of his bravery and adaptability that will spread throughout the land. Please construct a larger pagoda to symbolize his victory and mercy in order to save those soldiers’ lives. The pagoda was given the name “Chedi Chai Mongkhon” by the King.


Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Chai Mongkhon Temple), Ayutthaya, Thailand

Getting from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

       From Bangkok, a private car can take you to the province of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. There are several options, as shown below. Drive past Pratunam Phra In on Highway No. 1 (Phahon Yothin Road). Then take Highway No. 32, then Highway No. 309 into Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. Take Highway 304 (Chaeng Watthana Road) or Highway 302 (Ngamwongwan Road), then turn right onto Highway 306 (Tiwanon Road) and cross the Nonthaburi or Nuan Chawee Bridges. To reach Pathum Thani Province, take the Pathum Thani-Samkhok-Sena (Highway 3111) route and turn right at Sena District. Take Highway No. 3263 to the province of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Chai Mongkhon Temple), Ayutthaya, Thailand

Travelers can use the Google Maps application to find more suitable routes.

       By van: Tourists can catch a Bangkok-Ayutthaya van at the Mo Chit Bus Terminal or the Future Park Rangsit shopping mall; the fare starts at 60 baht, depending on the distance and pick-up point.

       By train: Visitors can take the train from Hua Lamphong Station to the north. Take the train to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Station. The trains run daily from 04.20 a.m. to 10.45 p.m., with fares starting at 15 baht for third-class trains. For more information, tourists can call the State Railway of Thailand at 1690 or visit www.railway.co.th.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon (Chai Mongkhon Temple), Ayutthaya, Thailand

What is the best way to get to Wat Yai Chaimongkol?

-a private vehicle Wat Chaiwatthanaram is located on the outskirts of Ayutthaya. Using the path that connects the Kasattrathirat Bridge to the Chao Phraya River, turn left as you exit the bridge. Then drive straight for about 750 meters until you reach the temple. (A parking lot is available in front of the temple.)

-Tuk-Tuk: Tuk-tuks are available in Ayutthaya for 20-40 baht per person, depending on distance. in order to rent a car. The cost of renting a tuk-tuk for an hour is approximately 200 baht.

– Grabcar, Ayutthaya, has a ride-hailing system via the Grab app. Before you click to call the car to various locations, you can always check the fare rate on the screen. Tourists can get the Grab app by going to http://grb.to/2F9a2bx.

Wat Yai Chaimongkol is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: There is no charge to visit.

All year round is the best time to travel.

Location: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, Khlong Suan Phlu Subdistrict

Location on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/isqkPEhTsCXvH7tu6

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/watyai

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Wat Chedi Hoi, PathumThani

       Wat Chedi Hoi is a well-known temple in Pathum Thani. It is situated in the Bo Ngoen Subdistrict of the Lat Lum Kaeo District. The tall shell pagoda at this temple is awe-inspiring to many visitors. The temple has two Buddha images, the first of which is at the entrance. The second body is located near the temples. In addition, the temple grounds include agricultural attractions such as the “Wan Ya” herb garden, the Museum of Long Boats, and a large pond with countless Siriped Catfish that are fed by the temple. Furthermore, there are a large number of and a turtle pond beside the swamp where visitors can buy food to feed the fish and turtles.

Wat Chedi Hoi, Pathumthani, Thailand

Wat Chedi Hoi's History

       This temple was built in 1995 by a monk named “Phra Kru Sunthon” or “Luang Phor Thong Klang Suntaro.” The temple’s history is fascinating because it arose from a pilgrimage in Burma during which Phra Kru Sunthon met Phra Ajarn Silbanta for a year. He studied the magic until he was clearly wise, then returned to Ong Juk cave in Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi Province. When he stayed in the cave where his visions were born, it was a big city called Rattanawadee, and he was the governor of the city.

Wat Chedi Hoi, Pathumthani, Thailand

       So he traveled by following where he looked for visions until he found and intended to build this ground into a monastery area. While digging a pond to create a reservoir for watering medicinal plants, he came across a giant oyster buried under the ground that is thousands of years old. Finally, he brought naked giant oysters discovered to build a massive shell pagoda and established the temple known as “Wat Chedi Hoi” until today.

Wat Chedi Hoi, Pathumthani, Thailand


Travel to Wat Chedi Hoi

       Private car: take Highway 341 (Pathum Thani-Lat Lum Kaeo) to the 21st kilometer mark, then turn right towards the temple for another 10 kilometers; it is quite deep. Turn left into the temple when you see the shell pagoda in front of it to find Chedi Hoi Temple.

       Bus: Starting at BTS Mo Chit, take bus number 29,510 to Rangsit Market, which is opposite Rattanakosin Village. There will be an entrance to the Rangsit-Pathum Garage, where you can take route 1138 to the Pathum Market Pier and connect to the Lat Lum Kaeo bus to go out. Take note that the bus will drive past the Kanchanaphisek Bridge, cross it, and then turn around. There will be a motorcycle and motorcycle trailer beside the service to the Chedi Hoi Temple to get off the opposite side and cross the road.

If the bus 29, 510 does not stop at Rangsit Market, take the bus 1138 Rangsit – Pathum Thani to the Rangsit – Pathum garage.

1. A minibus, Rangsit – Jarusorn, will run between Future Park Rangsit and Major Rangsit. The car will arrive frequently, and the fare is 9 baht. The bus will make two stops before entering the Rangsit-Pathum garage.

2. An overpass will be built between Future Park Rangsit and Major Rangsit. To cross the bridge to the other side and board the car at the curve. All buses that pass through this curve will terminate at Rangsit-Pathum Garage (the bus fare only at this time is 4 baht). Take the overpass to the bus stop (under the bridge) or the sign on Rangsit-Pathum Road.

Address : Chedi Hoi Temple, Bo Ngoen Sub-district, Lat Lum Kaeo District Pathum Thani Province

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/XVK14yZyZwKbn81e9

Open for viewing:  08.00 A.M. – 4.30 P.M.

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Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai

       Wat Phrathat-haripunchai (Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan) is located in Lamphun’s city center, with Asadharos Street to the north, Chaimongkol Street to the south, Rob Muang Street to the east, and Inthayongyos to the west enclosing it on all sides. Lamphun citys’ City Hall is only 150 meters away from the shrine. Wat Phrathat-haripunchai Woramahawihan was constructed in 1108, during King Atthitayaraj’s reign. The temple has been in existence for more than 900 years.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai tale

       Once upon a time, King Atthitayaraj ordered the construction of a castle and the subsequent planting of a toilet near the castle; nevertheless, he had no knowledge of the spot where the Lord Buddha’s relics were enshrined. Every time he finished using the toilet, a raven would fly over to the King’s head and defecate on his head. A crow once tried to evict him from that location. As a result, he felt both enraged and ecstatic at the same moment. The king instructed his courtiers to capture the crow, but no one was able to do so. To catch the crow, King Atthitayaraj must pray to the guardian angel.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

       Finally, the crow was apprehended and taken into custody that night. In his dream, the goddess appeared and instructed him that he needed to bring a seven-day-old baby who would be kept in the same cage as a crow. The baby can understand and speak the language of crows if he or she listens to the crow every day until he or she is nine years old. The goddess then instructed the king to question the baby about the crow’s behavior toward him. When the infant had reached the age of nine, the king realized the truth: the crow is the keeper of Buddha’s relics. After that, he ordered the toilet to be demolished, the bad dirt to be dug out, and good soil to be brought in to replace the land, along with sand.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

       To pay honor to the Buddha’s relics, the king had a ceremony put up with fragrant flowers and candles lit. Following the ceremony, the Buddha’s relics miraculously appeared from the ground. As a result, the king ordered the construction of “Phra that,” a six-meter-high Mon pagoda, as well as a viharn with arches on all four sides covering a 1.5-meter-high golden cinerary containing the Buddha’s relics. Furthermore, the king required the construction of a temple of worship, which included numerous large and small pavilions and became an important temple in the city. Following that, it is recognized in ancient tradition that anyone building a house in Lamphun must not exceed a height of six meters since it is higher than the relics.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

       Later, during the reign of King Sappasit, he ordered the construction of a gold urn to add  more  raise “Phra that” to a height of roughly four meters, a custom that was continued by every king who reigned over the city. Until King Khan Mengrai the Great took control of the city of Haripunchai. He ordered that Phra That be raised by 20 meters and that gold be brought to cover Phra That. This artifact has been renovated countless times since then. During King Tilokarat’s reign in 1986, he ordered that the height of Phra That be increased to 46 meters, the base width to 24 meters and hight to one meter, and the top of the Phra That to have seven layers of tiered umbrella.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

       Later, Phra Muang Kaew rebuilt and built a spear porch, which served as a city boundary, and then built a royal viharn in 1786. During King Kawila’s reign, Phra That was restored, and a layer of tiered umbrella was increased to nine layers, as well as royal tiered four corners. The base of the Phra That is square in design, 20 meters wide on each side, and the pagoda is surrounded by a brass fence.

The most interesting of Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

Arch gate

       Before accessing the temple area, visitors must pass through brick arches with intricately patterned plaster. It dates back to the Sriwichai period and is an ancient craft. It’s a three-tiered arch. A pair of enormous lions stand beautifully on a 1 meter high plinth in front of the arch. King Athitayarat’s reign, when he offered the palace to a monk.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

Viharn Luang

       After passing through the arch gate, you’ll notice “Viharn Luang,” a big viharn. There is a big structure with balconies on all sides and porches on the front and back. Instead of the old temple, which was swept away by a storm in 1923, it is a freshly constructed temple. Every day, Viharn Luang was used as a place of worship and religious activities. Inside the viharn is a big Buddha image made of brick and mortar, lacquered and gilded on a glass pedestal, as well as three Buddha, medium-sized metal casting sculptures from the Chiang Saen period, representing the first and middle classes.


Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

Pathumwadi Chedi or Suwan Chedi

       It’s at Phra That Haripunchai’s northwest corner. The chedi was made using laterite and bricks in the same construction style as the square chedi or the Ku Kut chedi at Cham Thevi temple in Lamphun Province. It’s a stacked square base chedi in the shape of a castle. The four-sided arches were ornamented with each of the five layers. On each side, there are three porches. A terracotta is enshrined within the arch. Gilding traces can be seen on Buddha’s feet. Only a few are still visible at this time. The pagoda’s top is a stucco petal with sheet metal covering. The highest point is the slender, pointed cone that leads up to Suwan Pagoda bears major impressions, like Phra Perem, which is famed in Lamphun.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

Bell tower

       Phra That Haripunchai is located to the northeast. It was created in 1938 by Phrakhru Phithak Chetiyanukit (Kruba Khamfu) as a tower for hanging bells and huge bells. A big bell, cast under the reign of Chao Luang Dara Direk Ratanapairote, hangs at the summit. The faith to erect this enchantment in Wat Phra Sing, Chiang Mai, as an offering to Phra That Haripunchai was cast in 1860 by Kruba Sung Hedgehog by Kanchana Maha Thera, the abbot of Wat Pa Muang Phrae Temple and the city governor of Chiang Mai.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

How to travel to Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai

Going to Lamphun Province

– A car/bus ride from Bangkok to Lamphun Province, a distance of 658 kilometers, takes approximately 8 hours and 15 minutes.

– Travel to Lamphun Province by train from Bangkok. The quickest time is approximately 11 hours and 30 minutes, but depending on the type of train, it may take longer.

Lamphun is devoid of an airport. Those flying prefer to land in the nearby province of Chiang Mai and then travel by car or bus to Lamphun.

How to Get to Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai is located on the outskirts of Lamphun. Visitors to the city can easily travel by having a pedicab that can be used for general services, with service rates starting at 20 baht.

Address : Wat Phra That Hariphunchai Woramahawihan, Rob Mueang Nai Road, Nai Mueang Subdistrict, Mueang Lamphun District, Lamphun Province

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/H4N5R9ioSnH6ds4q8

Open for viewing: 06.00 A.M. – 06.00 P.M.

Tel : 0-5356-3612

Website : https://www.facebook.com/watpratadhariphunchai/, www.hariphunchaitemple.org

Admission fee, foreigners 20 baht.

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Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya

       One of the World Heritage Sites is Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. The former royal temple in the province of Ayutthaya. It is the former royal temple of Ayutthaya’s historic palace. Somdej Phra Borommatrailokkanat constructed it around 1492. The three Lanka-shaped chedis that tower tall at Wat Phra Si Sanphet are a major attraction. It is a significant historical landmark in Thailand with a magnificent appeal.

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Phra Si Sanphet story

       Wat Phra Si Sanphet, like Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok, was built inside the Grand Palace enclosure in 1491 and served as the royal chapel. Its foundations can be seen today. King U-Thong built Wang Lung Palace (Royal Palace) when the city was founded. Originally a residential palace, it was converted to a monastery during King Ramathibodi I’s reign. This residential palace was changed into a temple and the establishment of Wat Phra Si Sanphet when King Borom Trai Lokanat ordered the construction of new living quarters. This was the city’s largest temple during Ayutthaya’s glory days. The ashes of three Ayutthaya monarchs are kept in the three principal chedis that have been repaired. The temple is located at Si Sanphet Road’s northern end. There are no monks or novices living in the royal chapel.

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       Wat Phra Sri Sanphet lies in the Pratu Chai subdistrict of Ayutthaya province’s Phra Nakorn Si Ayutthaya district. For a long time, the temple has been considered not just a major historical place, but also the spiritual core of Thais. Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is the royal monastery on the grounds of the royal palace, and no monks are permitted to live there. The temple, on the other hand, was used to hold royal court ceremonies, such as the pledge of allegiance drinking ceremony. It is also recognized as a model for Wat Phra Sri Ratana Sasadaram (the royal temple of the Emerald Buddha) or Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, and as an equivalency to Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai.

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       Somdet Phra Ramathibodi I, or King U-thong, ordered the construction of his royal residence in this region, but when Somdet Phra Borom Tilokkanat succeeded in the throne, he pondered moving the royal palace north and transforming the territory into sacred ground, which later became this temple. A large Buddha image was cast under the reign of Ramathibodi II. Phra Sri Sanphetdayan’s Buddha image stands 16 meters tall and is covered with 143 kilos of Thai gold. It had been kept inside the assembly hall until 1767, when the Burmese stormed Ayutthaya and melted the gilded gold away. The Buddha image had been severely damaged, so during the Rattanakosin period, Phra Bat Somdet Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke installed the broken core of Phra Sri Sanphetdayan in a pagoda inside Wat Phra Chetupon Vimolmangkalararm Rajvoramahaviharn in Bangkok, and named the pagoda Chedi Sri Sanphetdayan.

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       The temple repair was first ordered by Somdet Phrachaoyuhua Borommakot. During the reign of Phrabat Somdet Phra Chulachomklao Chao Yuhua (King Rama V), the regional intendant, Phraya Boran Rachathanin, discovered a sizable collection of antiquities in the pagoda’s underground chamber, including Buddha statues and gold jewelry. Field Marshal P. Piboonsongkram then appointed a group to renovate the ruins until they were restored to their original state. This royal monastery has a vital place in art and archaeological history. The ruins still show how magnificent the land was at the time. Three adjacent Ceylonese (or bell-shaped) pagodas are set on rectangular platforms in the temple’s centre. These platforms are thought to have served as the foundation for royal houses during the Ayutthaya period. The temple is now known as the symbol of the province of Ayutthaya.


Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Ayutthaya, Thailand

How to travel to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

– By private car, drive from Bangkok along the Asian highway (Highway 32) to Ayutthaya, then through the roundabout and over the Pridi Banomyong Bridge. Continue straight until you reach Si Sanphet Road, then turn right and drive past the roundabout until you see the entrance to Wat Phra Si Sanphet.

– via bus Visitors can take a minivan to Ayutthaya and then rent a tuk-tuk for a full day trip. However, if you know how to ride a motorcycle, there will be a motorcycle rental shop near the bus terminal and in front of the train station.

– Via train Traveling by train is another option for tourists departing from Bangkok because it allows them to save money while also allowing them to observe the scenery on both sides of the river. Tourists can board the train at Hua Lamphong Railway Station. Every day, there is a train service that stops at Ayutthaya Railway Station. Then hire a tuk-tuk to take you there, or rent a motorbike to travel on your own.

         Entrance fee to Wat Phra Si Sanphet is 10 baht per adult for Thais and 50 baht for foreigners, or you can buy a combination ticket for visiting various temples around Ayutthaya Historical Park for 40 baht per person for Thais and 220 baht for foreigners. Children, students, and students do not have to pay admission.

call 0 3524 2284 or 0 3524 2286.

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Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

       Chalermchai Kositpipat, a well-known Thai artist, designed and built Wat Rong Khun. The temple blends Lanna culture harmoniously with both stucco patterns embellished with mirrors and big wall murals, and was erected with a great determination to create particularly beautiful works of art. The white ordination hall is stunning, with gleaming silver mirrors and distinctive stucco patterns, as well as gorgeous murals that are hypnotic to look at.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun story

       Around 1887, a small group of peasants settled on farmland near Ban Rong Khun hamlet (the location of Wat Rong Khun at present). The people rely on a small river that feeds into the Mae Lao River and has an opaque appearance, earning them the nickname “Ban Hong Khun” (Rong Khun) because “Khun” means opaque. Later, Khun Udomkitkasemrat (nobleman) brought his family and friends into the community, bringing the total number of homes to around 50. He’d planned to create a monastery within the town to serve as the community’s mental anchor. As a result, Wat Rong Khun was born and has lived until now.

       Wat Rong Khun was founded on the western bank of the Lao River, near the Mae Mon River, some 500 meters south of the Rong Khun River. A group of Buddhist believers in the area banded together to construct a pavilion and a cubicle out of wood for religious purposes. The people chose “Thongsuk Bawin,” a monk from Wat San Sai Noi, Moo 13, as the first abbot.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

       Water eroded the temple as a result, and it was no longer able to preserve the religious site. Later, when Mee Kaewleemsai, the new village head, was promoted, he chose to relocate the temple to his paddy field, which was located on the west side of the road, adjacent to the Rong Khun River. Thongsuk Bawin left the temple soon after, leaving the temple with only three novices. Tar Dewarat, one of the three novices, later retired as a layman. The villagers held Tar Dewarat in high regard. As a result, he was appointed as a village headman, eventually rising to become the headman of Bua Sali Subdistrict (the first headman of Rong Khun Village). Tar Dewarat noticed that the hamlet had grown in size and population, and that the temple was narrow and located near a river, which would cause problems for the locals when the flood season arrived. As a result, the headman and the villagers decided to relocate the temple to its current position. Mrs. Bua Kaew, Tar Dewarat’s wife, donated the 4 rai of land on which the temple stands. Villagers work together to build a new temple and travel to Wat Mung Muang, Mueang Chiang Rai District, to welcome monk “Duangrot Aphakara” to become the next abbot.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

       During the time of the abbot, “Phra Duangros Apakaro.” Wat Rong Khun was a wealthy temple. There were four monks, ten novices, and two nuns. After many years, Phra Duangros Apakaro has relocated to a new temple. As a result, Wat Rong Khun was once again without monk leaders. As a result, the villagers came to Mueang Chiang Rai District to meet with the monk dean and beg for select monks to become abbots of Wat Rong Khun. The monk dean dispatched Phra Inta to the new abbots, but he only stayed for a year before relocating to another temple.

       In the year 1956, the people returned to Wat San Sai Noi to ask and invite Phra Sawai Chakro to become the abbot. In 1964, he constructed the main hall. Later, in 1977, Phra Sawai, headman Peng, and villagers venerated an ancient stone Buddha from Nong Sa Village, Mae Chai District, as the chapel’s principal Buddha image. Wat Rong Khun thrived, with Thai and Chinese religious groups settling in the area and some dispersing to other locations. When they get wealthy, they return to help maintain the temple, as is customary.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

       There are also many foreign religious groups that trust the abbots and have traveled to give merit and donations, so the temple’s construction was completed. Phra Sawai was promoted to “Phra Kru Chakriyanuyut” in 1994. In 1995, Phra Kru Chakriyanuyut constructed a new pavilion for baking herbs to heal people who were addicted to drugs, which was a major initiative for the temple. However, he was paralyzed, and the project was canceled as a result.

       Wat Rong Khun devotees planned to demolish the old chapel, which had been standing for 38 years and had been taken over by a massive swarm of bats. On June 3, 1995, they agreed to build a new chapel and demolish the existing one. On November 26, 1995, a ceremony was organized to lay the foundation stone for the new structure.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

       The current chapel’s construction began on February 3, 1996, although only the central chapel’s structure was completed. Because of the 1997 economic downturn, temple factors became scarce. The great artist, Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat. He was born into the Ban Rong Khun family and has pledged to continue to build a chapel as a Buddhist worship offering, hoping that the temple will become “Art for the Land.” He opted to build the chapel with his own money, with no intention of interfering with the temple or the villagers’ efforts to raise funds to build a temple in the midst of an economic downturn.

       Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat has arrived to make renovations, and the temple now impresses both Thais and visitors. Wat Rong Khun has grown from obscurity to become a well-known temple that serves as a showcase for the region and the country. When completed, the temple construction project will include four buildings: a chapel, a castle storing relics, a Rai Museum pavilion, and a pavilion to greet visitors to the temple.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

The chapel's significance

White: the purity of the Buddha

Bridge: A walk across from the cycle of birth and death to Buddhism

Mouths of the devil: passion in the heart

The ridge of the bridge: There are eight demons on each side, two on each side, together representing sixteen defilements.

The middle of the bridge : Mount Phra Sumeru, the Divine Lotus : There are 4 large flowers on the side of the chapel representing the arch of the 4 noble monks, namely Phra Sotaban, Sakitagami, Anagami, and Arahant.

Stairs leading up : There are 3 steps instead of Anacchan(impermanent), Duk Khang(subject to suffering), Anatta(non-self).


Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun's structures and symbols

       The white temple compound will include nine buildings when finished, including the existing ubosot, a relics hall, a meditation hall, an art gallery, and monks’ housing rooms.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

The "cycle of rebirth" bridge

       The “cycle of rebirth” bridge: the ubosot, the white temple’s main edifice, is approached by crossing a bridge over a small lake. Hundreds of outstretched hands stand in front of the bridge, symbolizing unbridled yearning. The bridge says that avoiding temptation, greed, and want is the route to happiness. Two exceedingly gorgeous Kinnaree, half-human, half-bird creatures from Buddhist mythology, stand next to the lake.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun, Gate of Heaven

       The visitor arrives at the “door of heaven” after crossing the bridge, which is guarded by two creatures representing Death and Rahu, who judges the fate of the dead. Several meditating Buddha pictures stand in front of the ubosot.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Ubosot of Wat Rong Khun

       Ubosot: The main structure, the ubosot, is an all-white structure with mirrored glass fragments placed in the façade. The ubosot incorporates ancient Thai architectural aspects such as the three-tiered roof and the extensive usage of Naga serpents.” The decor inside the temple shifts from pure white to flaming and perplexing. Murals feature swirling orange flames and monster faces, with Western icons like Michael Jackson, Neo from The Matrix, Freddy Krueger, and a T-800 series Terminator interwoven. Nuclear weapons, terrorist assaults like the World Trade Center attack, and oil pumps serve as stark reminders of humanity’s devastating impact on the planet. Although the appearance of Harry Potter, Superman, and Hello Kitty muddles the message, the overarching theme is clear: people are evil.”

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

The golden structure, Wat Rong Khun

       The golden structure: “The rest rooms building is a structure that stands out due to its hue. This golden structure, which is ornately adorned, depicts the body, while the white ubosot represents the mind. The gold represents how humans are consumed by materialistic ambitions and money. The white building depicts the idea of earning merit and focusing on the intellect rather than worldly possessions.”

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

How to travel to Wat Rong Khun

       Take the Chiang Rai – Bangkok road, pass through Phayao Province, Mae Chai District, Phayao Province, Phan District, Chiang Rai Province, and drive towards. After leaving Phan District, cross the Mae Lao Bridge (Laos River) and continue driving till you reach Mae Suai Intersection (Separate to Mae Suai District and go to Chiang Mai Province). If you look on the left hand side approximately 10 kilometers before reaching Khun Korn Intersection (the path to Khun Korn Waterfall), you will see about 200 meters. The white temple will draw your attention. Turn left at the fork in the road to Khun Korn Waterfall. Wat Rong Khun will be around 100 meters away, 13 kilometers from Chiang Rai city, on the main km. 816, Phahon Yothin Road (No. 1/A2).

       When leaving Chiang Rai city and coming from Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai International Airport, or Chiang Rai city, turn south on the road to Phan District, Chiang Rai Province, or on the way to Phayao Province. Then, at the 2nd bus station, you’ll come to a red light junction. Continue straight until you get to a red light, then turn right at the Khun Korn Intersection (which leads to the Khun Korn Waterfall). Wat Rong Khun is only a few minutes away from Chiang Rai city.

       If coming from Chiang Mai Province, take Doi Saket District, enter Wiang Pa Pao District, Chiang Rai Province, continue through Mae Suai District until you reach Mae Suai intersection, turn left to Chiang Rai Province (turn right to Phan District, go Phayao Province) from Mae Suai, and drive for about 10 kilometers until you reach Khun Korn Intersection. Turn left (on the route to Khun Korn Waterfall) into

       Wat Rong Khun is open to the public every day of the year. 0 5367 3579, TAT Chiang Rai office Tel. 0 5371 7433, and the Tourism Management Center Chiang Rai Province Tel. 0 5371 5690, or for more information call 0 5367 3579, TAT Chiang Rai office Tel. 0 5371 7433, and the Tourism Management Center Chiang Rai Province Tel. 0 5371 5690. Foreign tourists must pay a 50 baht entrance fee at Wat Rong Khun.

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