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Visit Wat Pa Phu Kon (Udon Thani)

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Wat Pa Phu Kon

Thai name : วัดป่าภูก้อน

GPS : 17.922977, 102.118171 (See on the map)
Udon Thani

Presentation

Wat Pa Phu Kon is probably the most famous temple in Ubon Ratchathani province. Located at 115 km from Udon Thani on a hilltop in the Na Yung-Nam Som National Forest Reserve, the aerial view of its buildings with their blue roofs made its reputation and earned it the nickname Blue Temple. However, do not expect to have such a dominant point of view while coming here knowing that drones are prohibited. Several signs indicate it. But the 20 meters long marble reclining Buddha image hosed in the main hall alone worth to come here ! On its base, there are 22 copper panels telling the life of Lord Buddha. The view of the surrounding mountains is interesting but is clearly not one of those breathtaking panoramas yu can find in Thailand.

You may have seen in your researches on this temple beautiful pictures of its majestic statue with beautiful multicolored lightings. I was hoping that we could see them but they seem only reserved for great occasions that regular public can not attend. However, an evening of prayers and chantings with candles is apparently held every December 31st for the New Year night. It seems like a magical moment, maybe I'll try to go for the occasion one year.

Practical information about Wat Pa Phu Kon

No Admission fee
I have not tested but it seems that to come without having your own means of transport, you can take the bus to Na Yung offerd by Bussarakam bus company. The Na Yung bus station is 8 km from the temple. You can probably take a tuk-tuk or motorcycle taxi to reach the Wat pa Phu kon from there but I think it is better to come with your own car or motobike because it is difficult to have reliable information and be sure you can go back to Udon Thani without any trouble. I recommend you to combine Wat Pa Phu Kon visit with others in the area such as Phu Phra Bat Historical Park, Ban Khiri Wongkot or Nong Khai Sky Walk.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Pa Phu Kon 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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