Nong Khai Temples, Temples in Nong Khai with their History

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Nong Khai Temples

Temples
Phrathat Bang Phuan
Location : Mueang District
Phrathat Bang Phuan
Phrathat Bang Phuan
Phrathat Bang Phuan is ancient pagoda which inside there is the Lord Buddha’s relics has long been respected and worshipped by the people of Nong Khai. Phrathat Bang Phuan underwent major renovation in 1976 because the original fired brick pagoda collapsed. The temple still has the old pagoda, temple boundary markers and an ancient stone inscription. Furthermore, there is an ancient pool from which water was once used in blessing past city lords.

How to get there: Phrathat Bang Phuan is located approximate 23 kilometers from town. Take Highway 2 (Nong Khai - Udon Thani) for around 11 kilometers and turn right to Highway 211 toward Tha Bo. Drive on to Km. 10, the temple is on your right.
Phrathat Nong Khai or Phrathat Klang Nam
Location : Mueang District
According to the legend of Urangkhathat (Phrathat Phanom), Phrathat Nong Khai was where kept nine pieces of the Lord Buddha’s foot relics. In 1847, Phrathat Nong Khai collapsed into the Mekong and over the years the pagoda drifted to the centre of the river where it is seen today. The underwater survey of the Archaeological Unit Region 7 found that the pagoda which has an indented square base of 17.2 m. on each side, with around 28.5 m. in height, was broken into three pieces. It was presumed that the pagoda was built in around the 15th - 17th Century since its form was mostly similar to Phrathat Bang Phuan.
Wat Pho Chai
Location : Mueang District
Wat Pho Chai
Wat Pho Chai
Wat Pho Chai is a royal temple located about 2 kilometers from the city, which has Luangpho Phra Sai is situated. This sacred Buddha image is respected by the people of Nong Khai. Luangpho Phra Sai is the Buddha image sitting cross-legged, which was cast from bright yellow gold in the posture of subduing Mara, has graceful features. According to legend, three daughters of the King of Lan Chang had three Buddha images cast and named each to associate with their names: Phra Soem, Phra Suk, and Phra Sai to the eldest, middle, and youngest siblings, respectively. Originally, the three images were housed in Vientiane. In the reign of King Rama III, they were invited to Nong Khai by boat. On the way to Nong Khai, Phra Suk was drowned by a storm. Phra Soem and Phra Sai were invited to house in Nong Khai. Later on, in the reign of King Rama IV, Phra Soem was taken to Bangkok. Phra Sai is still housed at Wat Pho Chai in Nong Khai. Every year on the full moon day in the seventh lunar month, the people of Nong Khai always hold a rocket merit-making fair or Bun Bang Fai to worship Phra Sai at Wat Pho Chai.
Sala Kaeo Ku or Wat Khaek
Location : Mueang District
Sala Kaeo Ku or Wat Khaek
Sala Kaeo Ku or Wat Khaek
Sala Kaeo Ku or Wat Khaek was built around 1978, which created by an inspiration of Luangpu Bunluea Surirat, out of his own belief that the teachings of all regions could be mixed together. This place is similar to an open museum of religious statues, there are Buddha images in different attitudes, Hindu gods, Christian religious icons, as well as character figures from the Ramayana epic and folk legends.

How to get there: Located 3 kilometers from the town of Nong Khai on the right side of the route to Phon Phisai.
Opening Hours : Daily 06:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Admission : 20 Baht for adult and 10 Baht for child (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 08 1369 5744
Hotels : Hotels in Nong Khai Area
Luang Pho Phra Chao Ong Tue
Location : Tha Bo District
Luang Pho Phra Chao Ong Tue is a holy Buddha image which has gained much respect from the peoples on both of the banks of the Mekong River. Buddha image was made from bronze by the royal artist of the old Lan Chang Empire in the north with a graceful features; 4 meter-high image is sitting cross-legged in the attitude of subduing Mara with a lap width of 3.29 meter. According to a stone inscription, this image was built in 1562 by the royal command of Phra Chaiyachettha, King of Nakhon Wiang. The metals used included gold, brass, and silver, weighing a total of one Tue (an ancient scale of Isan) and it took seven years and seven months to finish. The province has a fair to pay homage to Luangpho Phrachao Ong Tue every year on the full moon day in the fourth lunar month.

How to get there: From the town of Nong Khai, take Highway 2 to Udon Thani and switch to Highway 211 (Nong Khai - Tha Bo). At Km 31, follow a road sign on the left to the temple for around 1 kilometer.
Wat Aranya Banphot
Location : Si Chiang Mai District
Wat Aranya Banphot is tranquil temple and surrounded by the unique architecture such as Mondop Luang Pu Rian Woralapho. The Mondop has 4 entrances on each side and can be seen clearly from the outside. Visitors can enter to pay respect to Luang Pu in the Mondop. There is relics of Buddha are enshrined in Phra Sutham Chedi which also serves as a museum. The chedi was constructed by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand as a tribute to Luangpu Rian Woralapho. And every year in January, the temple will hold the making-merit ceremony.
Wat Hin Mak Peng
Wat Hin Mak Peng
Wat Hin Mak Peng
Location : Si Chiang Mai District
Wat Hin Mak Peng is a beautiful temple with compounded by a spacious, clean and shady with various species of plants amidst tranquility. The temple founded by Luangpu Thet Thetrangsi who is a famous meditation master of Isan, and who initiated temple as a Dharma practice centre for Buddhist monks, nuns and pilgrims. Monuments a lifelike wax statue was built after his death to honour and built a chedi (religions monuments) to enshrine his remains.

How to get there: Wat Hin Mak Peng is located 75 kilometers away from the town, the temple can be reached by taking Highway 211 (Nong Khai - Si Chiang Mai) and switch to Highway 2186. Then the temple is on your right.
Wat Pa Tak Suer
Location : Sangkhom District
Wat Pa Tak Suer
Wat Pa Tak Suer
The highlight of Wat Pa Tak Suer is the glass skywalk was built over a cliff face overlooking the Mekong River and the natural scenery. The U-shaped Skywalk is made from stainless steel and laminated glass, is 16 meters long, extends 6 meter out of the cliff and can hold up to 20 people at a time. If the visitors come here during winter, it is a nice view point of the sea fog and it is also a suitable place for Dhamma practice since it is very peaceful.

The history of this temple comes from the fact that a monk named Father Somdet, who wanted to practice Dhamma on the mountain peak. During his journey up, he had to use the help of the rocks and vine to help him climb up the mountain. There were many times when the rice in his alm bowl fell out because of the route and also there were many times when his body was hurt. Time passed and the villagers decided to construct a road and a temple on the hilltop for the monk. Therefore, it turned out to be a tourist attraction.

How to get there: From the provincial city of Nong Khai, proceed via Highway No. 211 along the Mekong River for 96 kilometers. At Ban Dong Tong, Pha Tang Sub-district, follow a road sign on the left to the temple for 7 kilometers.
Wat Tam Sri Mongkol (Wat Tum Piang Din)
Location : Sangkhom District
Wat Tam Sri Mongkol or some people also called “Payanak Cave”. It came from the belief that this temple is where the Payanak passed and fell in love with a prince. However, when the end of the Buddhist lent came, the Payanak had to return to Muang Badan. Lastly, the prince found out that his lover is a Payanak therefore he decided to stop the relationship. Moreover, it is also believed that this cave is a route to the Payanak city under the Mekong River. It is also believed to be the path that the monks from Laos use to cross the border to Thailand and only sacred monks can see this path. Moreover, this temple there is Tham Piang Din or Piang Din Cave which inside is humid with water flowing pass all year. There is a big rock in the middle and many other rocks inside the cave. If the tourists wish to travel inside this cave, they will need a guide since it is very complicated and dangerous.

How to get there: Wat Tam Sri Mongkol is located at Baan Dong Tong, Pha Tang Sub-district, Sangkom District, Nong Khai. From Sri Chiangmai District, go straight to Sangkom District. On the way, there are many locations to be noticed such as Wat Aranyabanpot, Wat Hin Mhak Peng, Tarnthong Waterfall. When you see Tarnthong Waterfall, there is a junction on the left to Wat Tum Piang Din.