ASIDE from being a province blessed with wondrous natural beauty, Chiang Rai also has many splendid temples.
Today Sanook! Travel takes us on a tour of this northern province’s architecturally amazing temple, with this being Wat Huay Pla Kung, which sits at the very heart of the Chiang Rai people.
This is temple is located on top of a hill in Chiang Rai city’s Rim Kok sub-district, and it is surrounded by other green hills that are pleasing to gaze on.
The temple’s highlight is the 9-storey Phon Choke Tham Chedi pagoda, which is a unique structure that cannot be found anywhere else in this country, with the architecture being an artistic blend of Chinese and Thai styles.
There is also a pair of dragons protecting the pagoda and practically everyone who comes here takes photos with them.
Another highlight is the biggest image of the goddess of mercy Guan Yin in Thailand. This image is 79 meters tall, equivalent to a 25- to 26-storey building.
Placed on a hilltop, the image looks graceful and mesmerizingly draws worshipers. It is believed that anyone who comes here and prays for good health, money or a job will return with a blessing.
This temple is an outstanding representation of art and culture with its unusual architecture while also being a place to worship.
This is one temple those coming to this northern province should definitely visit.
Temple location: 553 Moo 3, Rim Kok sub-district, Chiang Rai city
Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Telephone 053 150 274
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Credit: This report was written by Sanook!Travel columnist Peeranut P.