Wat Tham Klong Phen

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Not far from Udon Thani is the impressive forest temple Wat Tham Klong Phen. To get there from the Ring Road take the road to Nong Bua Lamphu, and the entrance to the temple can be found after about 29 km on the left. It's open from 8am to 6 pm.

 Udon news thanks 'Maithai', a member of the Udon News Forum for the following excellent report.

Directly behind this statue of the founder, turn left and then after about 2 km you will reach the temple entrance. It's a huge site with lots of trees and strange rock formations. The main temple building is a large hall in the middle of a gigantic rock. Very impressive!


In a quiet and peaceful atmosphere you feel small compared to the scale of nature.

The entire temple area is so large that it is better explored by car or motorcycle using the small roads. Small hermitages and sanctuaries are widely scattered and deliberately built on or under enormous rocks.

I couldn't figure out how to get to this cabin up on the rocks!

The origins of the temple date back to the Khmer occupation. In 1958 the famous Buddhist pilgrimage brought the monk Luang Pu Khao Analayo to the area and he lived here until his death in 1983 as a highly revered forest monk and hermit.

Here are beautiful reliefs carved directly into a large rock, in a very quiet and peaceful atmosphere.

In the form of three rounded rocks the 'Wax Museum' was built. Here there is a detailed wax statue of the founder, as well as objects from his daily life.

Scattered around are many small temples and shrines, erected by grateful believers.

The Mausoleum of Luang Pu Khao Analayo contains his remains, built entirely of white marble and gray granite.

Inside there are many statues and portraits of the founder. His wisdom is explained. If you visit here, you will find - a very special atmosphere quite different to the normal city temples.  

posted on: 29.09.2013 - last update on: 19.10.2013

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Latitude: 17.230579
Longitude: 102.531581

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