Phetchaburi Temples, Temples in Phetchaburi with their History

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Phetchaburi Temples
Temples
Wat Kamphaeng Laeng
Location : Mueang District
Wat Kamphaeng Laeng
Wat Kamphaeng Laeng
Wat Kamphaeng Laeng is the biggest and oldest ancient remains in Phetchaburi. It was built while the influence of ancient Khmer culture expanded to this area in year 13 A.D. Originally, there were five prangs (Khmer-style pagoda) made of sandstone to worship accordance with Bhramanism. When the influence of Buddhism prevailed in the region, it was turned into a Buddhist temple. A Shrine hall was later constructed in the compound. Today, visitors can only admire the remaining three prangs which remain next to the sandstone walls.

How to get there : Wat Kamphaeng Laeng is located from City Hall about 2 kilometers on Phra Song Road.
Wat Khao Bandai It
Location : Mueang District
Wat Khao Bandai It is an ancient temple was built in Ayutthaya period on the top of a 121-meter-tall hill. The temple is special for its beautiful and unique arts on ubosot (Buddhist ordination hall) and several stunning natural attractions such as caves installed hundreds of Buddha Images including the giant declining ones that measured 14 meters long.

How to get there : Wat Khao Bandai It is located 2 kilometers from Khao Wang along highway 4, and turn right into Highway 3171.
Contact : Tel. 0 3247 1005-6
Wat Maha That Worawiharn
Location : Mueang District
Wat Maha That Worawiharn
Wat Maha That Worawiharn
Wat Maha That Worawiharn has the large white pagoda is a mixture of the late Ayutthaya and early Rattanakosin style with an adaptation of Khmer ancient monastery. This Five Peak Prang housing the Lord Buddha's relics was constructed according to concept of Mahayana Buddhism. The highest one is tall 42 meters. The elegantly designed stucco decorated in the Buddhism ordination hall and pavilion is proof to the excellent skill of Phetchaburi's local craftsmanship.

How to get there : Wat Maha That Worawiharn is located on the Phetchaburi River, approximately 500 meters from the City Hall.
Wat Phra Phutthasaiyat
Location : Mueang District
Wat Phra Phutthasaiyat is an old temple was constructed in Ayutthaya period. This is one of Thailand’s largest reclining Buddha images. It is lying on the right side on a 1 meters high base, formerly in the open. Later, King Rama IV had a wihan constructed to shelter it. The wihan is located on the slope of the mountain, about 15 meters above the ground. The temple also contains other interesting buildings; such as Wihan Phra Phutthachai where there are tempera murals depicting the Lord Buddha and major disciples, as well as a self-sculpted image of Phrakhru Suchat Methachan, the Abbot. There is Wihan Noi housing an old bejeweled Buddha image of the Ayutthaya style similar to the principal Buddha image at Wat Na Phra Men in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, and several stone Buddha images of the Ayutthaya art as apparent from the line around the lips. There is also a scripture hall - Ho Trai - formerly located in the middle of the pond at the back of the temple, but relocated on the ground near the monk’s residential complex. It features a 2-storeyed teakwood building with an open basement and 2 - tiered roof with a dormer porch.

How to get there : Wat Phra Phutthasaiyat is located on Khiri Ratthaya Road, Khlong Krachaeng Sub-district.
Wat Yai Suwannaram
Location : Mueang District
Wat Yai Suwannaram
Wat Yai Suwannaram
Wat Yai Suwannaram was built in the Ayutthaya period and underwent restoration in the reign of King Rama V the Great. The temple, featuring a windowless main shrine hall, houses magnificent 300-year-old murals of mythical angels. Its Sala Kanprian (multi-purpose hall), which was once located in Ayutthaya's Grand Palace, was entirely built of teakwood and decorated with fine woodwork especially at the door panels. There is also a preaching throne with magnificently elaborated Bangkok style woodcarvings and gold gilt works.

How to get there : Wat Yai Suwannaram is located about 1 kilometer east of the city hall.
Wat Khao Takhrao
Location : Ban Laem District
Wat Khao Takhrao is houses a highly respected Buddha image locally known as Luangpho Khao Takhrao, a Buddha image in the gesture of subduing Mara measuring 72.5 centimeter high and 53 centimeter wide is enshrined. The image was found in Mae Klong River in Samut Songkhram Province along the another Buddha image by villagers who migrated from Ban Laem to Samut Songkhram during the fall of Ayutthaya to stay away from the Burmese troops. The villagers later kept only one of Buddha images in Sumut Songkhram and gave another one to villagers who moved to stay near Wat Khao Takhrao.

How to get there : Wat Khao Takhrao is in Bang Khrok Sub-district, 10 kilometers along Highway 3176 from Phetchaburi provincial town across the railway tracks near Phetchaburi railway station. A large entrance gate to the temple will be seen on the left. Turn left for another 3 kilometers.
Wat Nai Klang
Location : Ban Laem District
Wat Nai Klang has at least 200 years old and houses “Luangpho Sukhothai”, a much revered Buddha image in the gesture of subduing Mara dating from the Sukhothai period. The temple contains various structures of the late Ayutthaya period; such as, chedi, windowless ubosot with a single front door, monk’s cells, preaching hall, belfry, etc. Wat Nai Klang was built under royal instruction of King Taksin the Great in dedication to his mother who was a native of Ban Laem. Among the distinctive architecture of Wat Nai Klang is a teakwood Sala Kan Parian or preaching hall which underwent restoration by means of dismantling and reconstructing. The building is believed to have formerly been a throne hall in the reign of King Thaisa of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Later, King Taksin the Great had it dismantled, taken from 10 Ayutthaya, and reconstructed at Wat Nai Klang. The reconstruction followed ancient techniques, using mainly wooden bolts and partly Chinese nails to fasten all parts together. The preaching hall is supported by octagonal columns with brackets intricately carved into unique and graceful Naga heads to support the eaves. The brackets at this temple have become a prototype for other temples.
Wat Kuti
Location : Khao Yoi District
Wat Kuti
Wat Kuti
Wat Kuti is the oldest temple which houses a 150-year-old Bot (Buddhism ordination hall) made entirely from carved teak wood. The outer surfaces of the walls are carved into scenes depicting the tails of incarnations of the Lord Buddha.

How to get there : Wat Kuti is located at Soi Bang Khem Phattana 1, Bang Khem Sub-district, about 6 kilometers before the entrance to the Khao Yoi District Office on Highway 4 between km. 129 - 130.
Wat Neranchararam
Location : Cha-Am District
Wat Neranchararam was built under royal instruction of King Rama VI and the name is relative with the name of Mrigadayavan Palace. The unique of this temple is an Indian-style ordination hall or Ubosot which is rare in Thailand. It was constructed in 1834 and houses Luang Pho Thong, the principal Buddha image built in 1935 and much revered by the villagers. On an open ground, there is a white stucco image of the Buddha sitting with six hands closing the 9 sense-doors; namely, 2 eyes, 2 nostrils, 2 ears, 1 mouth, 1 anus, and 1 penis. The temple is located a seaside in the north of Cha-am Beach.