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Wat Khao Wong Wat Khao Wong
Tambon Ban Rai, Amphoe Ban Rai, Uthai Thani
Wat Khao Wong is a temple situated in a valley. It has a beautiful two-storey Thai-style convocation hall in an exquisitely landscaped area, surrounded by mountains and forest. The monastery is the 13th of 19 branches of Wat Sangkhathan in Nonthaburi, found in Chiang Mai, Um Phang, the United Kingdom, and India. The monastery was built in 1987 and has a total area of over 3 square kilometers.
The most striking feature of Khao Wong Monastery is its four-story Thai-style multi-purpose pavilion. Built almost entirely of wood, the pavilion has a pond in front with various fish. Around the pond is a garden of vibrant, colorful flowers. The wood used in the pavilion’s construction was donated by locals and has been transformed into a work of architecture that retains natural qualities. The monastery has a monthly meditation class for those who are interested.
To get there, take the same route as to Phu Wai Cave. From Amphoe Ban Rai, take Highway 3011, Ban Rai - Phu Bon route, passing the bend in front of the Chaopho Khao Rak Shrine until getting to the intersection with the direction sign of Ban I Lum – Ban Khao Phu Toei. Turn right. It is about 3 kilometers before reaching the cave, and there is a co-op selling souvenirs and free accommodation for up to 200 persons.
Operating hours are 8.00 am-5.00 pm.