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Visit Wat Khao Wong Phrachan (Lopburi)

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Wat Khao Wong Phrachan

Thai name : วัดเขาวงพระจันทร์

GPS : 14.966993,100.697409 (See on the map)
Lopburi
Lopburi
Lopburi
Lopburi

Presentation

This temple located 28 kilometers from Lopburi in Khok Samrong district is visible from afar with its large golden seated Buddha sitting in front of the mountain. Recently, the statue was not yet accessible during my last visit in November 2019, the stairs leading to it not being completed, but according to a monk of the temple this should be the case by the end of January 2020. Any way, visitors come to Wat Khao Wong Prachan especially to climb the mountain and get to the part of the temple perched at the top after climbing ... 3790 steps of a path of nearly 1.7 kilometers. It took me 1h30 to reach the summit. There are small shops selling refreshments (the more you go up, the more the price goes up) and signs indicating every 500 steps. A good part of the trip is shaded and the steps are not very high (much lower than those at Tiger Cave Temple à Krabi for those who have been there) but it is a difficult climb if we are not used to it.

At the top, 650 meters above sea level, you will have a beautiful view over the valley and the big Buddha and find a Chinese sanctuary, a small cave, Buddhas. The temple has 9 '' miraculous '' objects including a real Buddha print, a Buddha tooth and other relics. They are probably the main motivation of locals to climb the mountain. There is also a vendor of drinks, cakes and instant noodles if you are hungry. I climbed to watch the sunset from the top, starting the climb to 15:30. If you do it at the same time, take a flashlight because if there are lights along the way, they were not lit when I went down. The descent took me 50 minutes. By day, we must be able to go a little faster.

Practical information about Wat Khao Wong Phrachan

No admission fee
There is no public transportation from Lopburi to Wat Khao Wong Prachan. The nearest train station is at Nong Tao but I'm not sure you can find a tuk-tuk or songthaew to take you to the temple. The best thing is to have your own means of transport.
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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Khao Wong Phrachan 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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