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Amphoe Mueang, Chumphon
This Buddhist temple is located at the foot of Rap Ro Hill, which was once a port area in ancient times. Many Buddha images can be admired in Tham Phra, a nearby cave. The meditation area at another cave, Tham Ai Te, has an interesting wall fresco painting of a reclining Buddha.
Meanwhile, there are also beautiful stalactites and stalagmites in Tham Sai within the temple. It contains what is believed to be a footprint left by the Buddha and the body of a revered monk, Luang Pu Sai, which is said never to have decayed. Nearby is the local museum with collections of ancient artifacts found in the temple. Another highlight are the intricate leather shadow puppets created by local artisans.
Situated in Tambon Tha Kham, Wat Thep Charoen is 4 kilometers from Phetkasem Road (Highway 4) at Km 490.
The temple is open to visitors daily from 8.00 am-5.00 pm.