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Visit Wat Bang Thong (Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol) (Krabi)

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Wat Mahathat Wachiramongkol Krabi
Wat Bang Thong Krabi
Unseen Krabi Temple Wat Bang Thong
Originally, this temple was known by the villagers as Wat Bang Tong after the name of the small town in which it is located, but it was later renamed Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol. It is around 70 kilometers away from Krabi town. Its highlight is its large golden chedi, the Phra Mahathat Chedi, inspired by the Maha Chedi Phutthakhaya, in Gaya, India, the place where Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment. Around there is a square of covered walkways, surrounding the chedi on all 4 sides, with various Buddha images. Outside, there are 2 large statues: one of a standing Buddha and one of the revered monk Luang Phu Thuat. Even if quite recent, Wat Bang Thong is a very beautiful temple to visit in Krabi even if it is 1 hour drive from the city or Ao Nang beach.

While the land was donated in 1940, the construction of the current version of Wat Bang Thong temple began in 1997. Abbot Phra Ratcha Vajirakon found the temple in such a damaged state that he preferred to demolish it completely except the ubosot and rebuild a new complex. He also made Wat Bang Tong a place for Dharma-Pali study. It was in 2002, with the construction of the Phra Mahathat Chedi in honor of the 50th birthday of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (who became later King Rama X) that the temple really began to expand its reputation. Inspired by the Maha Chedi Phutthakhaya in India, golden and culminating at 95 meters in height, it is considered the highest pagoda in southern Thailand. Then, on November 16, 2006, His Majesty the King renamed Wat Bang Tong to Wat Mahathat Vachiiramongkhon and had the initials M.W.K. inscribed on the gable of the ubosot. While the main Buddha statue was named Phra Buddha Thaksin Chai Mongkhon.

Practical information about Wat Bang Thong (Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol)

Admission fee for foreigners: 50 THB. Free for Thais.
This temple is quite far from Krabi and a bit isolated but there are some other interesting temples in the area like the golden Wat Khao Hua Sing (which I visited) or the large complex Wat Rat Uppatham (which I did not visit yet).

How to get to Wat Bang Thong (Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol) ?

Wat Bang Thong is almost a 70 km drive from Krabi town and 75 km from Ao Nang. You will need to have your own means of transport to get there, whether a rental car, a car or a van with driver or simply visit Wat Bang Thong via an excursion tour that offers it in its program (see on this page).
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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Bang Thong (Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol) is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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