Wat (Temple)

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Wat Lan Khuad or Temple of The Million Bottles

18Dec

Located within the Sukhaphiban area of Khun Han district, some 61 kms. from the provincial seat, is Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew (Wat Lan Khuad). Religious edifices and other structures here are decorated with glass bottles of different colors and shapes numbering in the millions, producing fascinating designs and patterns. The local people commonly refer to it as Wat Lan Khuad, or Temple of the Million Bottles.

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Wat Sa Kamphaeng Noi Stone Sanctuary

18Dec

The sanctuary has a Prang (Pagoda) and a chapel made of laterite. A large pond is in front of the pagoda. The pond, the pagoda and the chapel are all encircled by a laterite wall. A lintel of Phra Warun, the god of rain, was once above the doorway. Inside, the good was carried by 3 swans.

The Papuan-style sanctuary was believed to have been built in the 10th sanctuary. The sanctuary might have been a place for religious ceremonies when it was first constructed, but renovated or altered in the 12th century during the reign of King Chai Woraman VII as can be seen from traces of Bayon architecture. The sanctuary was called “Arokayasan” then, meaning a hospital or a communal place.

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Wat Sa Kamphaeng Yai Sanctuary

18Dec

The sanctuary is Sisaket’s largest Khmer stone structure. There are 3 pagodas on the same base from north to south and facing west. The middle building is the main pagoda made of sandstone and some bricks. The other 2 pagodas are made of bricks with some sand stone decorations such as a lintel and doorway frame. Behind the southern pagoda stands another brick pagoda and in front of there are 2 brick chapels surrounded by a crooked porch of laterite and sandstone. Doorway face all 4 directions. The main pagoda features a lintel of the god Indra god Naria lying on a pedestal over Naga. The pagoda of the south has another lintel of the gods Shiva and Uma seated.