Sights & Attractions
Nakhon RatchasimaOperating day:
DailyOperating time: 08.00 - 17.00
Tambon Kut Phiman, Amphoe Dan Khun Thot, Nakhon Ratchasima
Tel. +66 4421 3030 , +66 4421 3666
Category : Temple
Attraction Details :
Wat Ban Rai is a very well-known temple in Kut Phiman Subdistrict, Dan Khun Thot District, Nakhon Ratchasima. It is where Luang Phor Koon Parisuttho, a famous monk, lives. Each day the temple is crowded with his disciples and a number of visitors from all over the world coming to pay respect to him.
The temple’s ubosot is finely decorated with glazed ceramic tiles. It sits on a one-storey building where several ceremonies are held. The temple also has the Dhamma Park; Wihan Thep Witthayakhom, also known as Wihan Parisutthapanya; the Luang Phor Koon Museum; the Parisutthan Pavilion, also known as Sala Nam Mon and the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Pavilion, also known as Sala Parisuttham.
Completed in 2011, Wihan Thep Witthayakhom is now the temple’s main attraction. It is a large rotunda located in the middle of a 12-acre lake. It has four storeys including a basement and a rooftop. It is 42 metres high with a diameter of about 65 metres, making it the largest Mahayana place of worship in Thailand. It is also decorated with almost 20 million mosaic tiles. Moreover, the roof has a sculpture of Airavata, a mythological elephant which carries the Hindu god Indra. It features a 520-tonne head and two huge tusks, each of which weighs about 10 tonnes. Besides, the building possesses murals and mosaic sculptures which contain Buddhist moral principles. The building also has four canopies with sculptures of gods including Varuna housed in the west canopy, Kubera in the north canopy, Indra in the east canopy and Yama in the south canopy. Furthermore, hosted on the rooftop are the statues of Luang Phor Koon and the Lord Buddha.
How to get there :
How to get here:
From Nakhon Ratchasima City, use Pak Chong-bound Mittraphap Road. When you reach the 237th milestone, turn right onto a road to Kham Thale So. Drive past Kham Thale So and Ban Nong Suang and continue driving as far as Dan Khun Thot Town. The total distance from Mittraphap Road to Dan Khun Thot will be approximately 50 kilometres. Then from Dan Khun Thot Hospital, drive another 11 kilometres along Highway 2217 and you will reach the destination.
From Bangkok, use Phahonyothin and Mittraphap Roads. Turn left onto Highway 201 (Si Khio-Chaiyaphum) at the Si Khio Interchange. When you reach Dan Khun Thot Town, turn left onto Highway 2217 and drive along the route. On your right side there will be a road