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Visit Wat Phothisomphon (Udon Thani)

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Thai name : วัดโพธิสมภรณ์
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Wat Phothisomphon is probably the most important temple in Udon Thani city and famous for its teachings, especially on meditation. The main element of this Buddhist complex under royal patronage is the Phra Borommathat Thamma Chedi, a pagoda built on the occasion of the 80th birthday of King Rama IX. It contains relics of Lord Buddha, the Tripitaka bringing together His teachings and sacred objects. Its interior is adorned with beautiful contemporary murals. The top floor dedicated to Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, is probably the most beautiful. There are two notable Buddha images at Wat Phothisomphon. One 600-year-old one named Phra Phuttha Ratsami in the ordination hall and the 1,300-year-old Lopburi-style laterite one at the back of the ordination hall . You will also find a Bodhi tree brought from Sri Lanka and a 200 years old replica of Buddha's footprints in the mondop north from the ordination hall.

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Practical information about Wat Phothisomphon

Free entry.
Open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The different rooms are often closed but given its proximity to the Nong Prajak Park , I advise you to take a little tour if you go to park.

How to get to Wat Phothisomphon ?

If your hotel in Udon Thani is in town, you can reach Wat Pothisomphon on foot or by tuk-tuk.
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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Phothisomphon 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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