The Buddha’s footprint on Khao Khitchakut, Chanthaburi
Pay respects to the Buddha’s footprint on the sky-high mountain peak of Khao Khitchakut in Chanthaburi province.
It is believed that an act of making a pilgrimage to the Buddha’s footprint equates to appearing before the Lord himself and is considered as a great meritorious deed. Consequently, thousands of people have ventured to the peak of Khao Khitchakut, to pay respects to the footprint of the Buddha.
Khao Khitchakut national park is fertile and green. For waterfall lovers, there are three dazzling falls here called Klong Chang Se, Kra-ting and Klong Kra-sue in the middle of scenic landscape. More importantly, a large number of worshippers climb the towering mountain of Khao Khitchakut to the top in order to pay reverence to the footprint of Lord Buddha. This annual event has been held a very long time. According to religious belief, this is the ultimate way to perform good deeds and advance in determination despite difficulties.
From the starting point at Phluang temple, you have to get a four-wheel pickup that takes you on a steep eight-kilometre route. Then, you need to walk for another 1.2 kilometers. On the mountaintop, it is possible to see several geological phenomena related to Buddhist myths including the stone pagoda, the stone in an upside down monk’s alms-bowl shape, the hermit cave, Indra’s motor racing tracks, as well as gigantic stones that look like a turtle or an elephant.
From the breezy peak, you can easily look down on Chanthaburi. If you have not been there yet, do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We guarantee you will not be disappointed.