Built in the Ayutthaya period with tree trunks, it was nicknamed Wat Tha Sung, sung meaning log in Thai. The original temple gradually fell into disrepair until the revered monk Luang Por Ruesi Ling Dam launched its restoration and turned it into a big center for Buddhist teaching. It is the incorruptible corpse of Luang Por Ruesi Ling Dam that attracts many Thai devotees to pay respect to him.
Two elements are essential to visit at Wat Tha Sung. The Crystal Sanctuary 100 meters long which could be called the Thailand's hall of mirrors with its walls and columns covered with mirrors. This is where the corpse of Luang Por Ruesi Ling Dam is housed. The other building to see is the Prasat Thong Kham also nicknamed the Golden Castle. Exterior and interior are covered in gold with magnificently carved reliefs, especially on the many doors of the building. You will also find on the right side of the golden castle, surrounding the parking spaces, an elevated corridor with dozens of seated Buddhas, all different!
Between the Crystal Sanctuary and Prasat Thong Kham, you will also see a building with a large built-in standing Buddha.
Wat Tha Sung is still under construction, when I last visited in December 2022, they were building a whole new complex with sparkling facades.
Wat Tha Sung (Crystal Temple) is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :