Please Note: As with all temples of worship anywhere in the world we respectively ask that you: Dress accordingly; the body should be covered It is all right to wear shoes while walking around the compound of a Buddhist temple, but not inside the chapel where the principal Buddha image is kept. Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or to be touched by a woman or to accept anything from the hand of one. If a woman has to give anything to a monk or novice, she first hands it to a man, who then presents it. Or in the case of a woman who wants to present it with her hand, the monk or novice will spread out a piece of saffron robe or handkerchief in front of him, and the woman will lay down the material on the robe which is being held at one end by the monk or novice. All Buddha images, large or small, ruined or not, are regarded as sacred objects. Therefore, do not climb up on one to take a photograph, or generally speaking, do anything that might show a lack of respect. Failure to adhere to these simple rules will be viewed as offensive.

Sanjao Phuya Chinese Temple  open daylight hours free admission

Sanjao Phuya Chinese TempleThis large, brash Chinese temple on the southern shore of Nong Bua attests to the wealth of the local Thai-Chinese merchant class. At its heart, the Pu-Ya Shrine houses small images of the Chinese gods Pu (Grandpa) and Ya (Grandma).

The City Pillar Udon Thani

citypillarThe City Pillar is located near the city centre, on the edge of the Thung Sri Muang square. The original shrine was inaugurated in February 1959 and has served as a shrine to the spirit of Prince Prajak Sillapakhom, the founder of Udon Thani, since that date. The shrine was made in Thailand from the highly esteemed “Koon wood”, to which spiritually beneficial properties are attributed. On January the 31st, 1995, a new, larger shrine was announced. This was also to be made of the wood and built in close proximity to the original shrine. The new shrine was blessed and opened in January 1999. The shrine attracts the population of Udon to pray for a stable life, family and livelihood. Incense sticks are often lit there for this purpose, with candles and flowers dedicated during the prayer.

Wat Pa Phu Kon

Wat Pa Phu KonCompleted in 2013, Wat Pa Phu Kon is in Na Yung district of Udon Thani province. Its architecture and beautiful location are very impressive. The complex is guarded by dragon statues, which were carved from Italian marble. Inside the temple is a 20-meter Buddha statue, also carved from the same precious stone.

Wat Tham Klong Phen

Wat Tham Klong PhenApproximately 30 kilometres from Udon Thani is the forest temple Wat Tham Klong Phen. On road 210 from Udon Thani to Nongbua Lamphu, the temple is located 29 km from the ring road, on the left side. You turn at the statue of the founder and the temple is reached after 2 kilometres. The main building was erected in the middle of a huge rock overhang. In its many niches and under rocks there is so much to discover. The atmosphere is very peaceful, quiet and deeply impressive. Due to the size of location the best way to explore the area is by car or moped. As with the visit to all Buddhist shrines, one should also pay attention here to respectful clothing, especially women!

Wat Phothisomphon  open 06.00-17.00

Wat PhothisomphonBuilt in the late reign of King Rama V, the Wat also houses a museum of revered monks, a new golden spire has recently been added which can be seen on the horizon of Nong Prajak Park.  

Wat Ban Tat opens 06.00-17.00

The temple is awash with trees and small wild animals as is a tranquil retreat where many monks come to practise the art of insight meditation and is home to one of Thailand’s most revered monks; Luangwa Maha Bua.

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