Wat Muang Ang Thong
(video by Grant Cameron)
Wat Muang is a big, fascinating temple set amongst rice fields in Ang Thong province, about 140km north of Bangkok.
It’s main claim to fame is a 92 meter high sitting Buddha figure, which towers over the surrounding rural countryside.
This Buddha image is reputed to be the tallest in Thailand, and it’s certainly impressive as the gold coloured finish glints in the Thai sunlight.
But Wat Muang Ang Thong has lots else to keep you interested too.
You could easily spend quite a few hours here exploring the nooks and crannies of the compound.
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Walking the Grounds
(video by Bangkok Fahiti)
A slow walk is very rewarding as you’ll get to see a pretty garden, dozens of colourful statues depicting monks, historical figures, mythical creatures, Buddhist and Hindu gods, and lots more.
One section reconstructs an ancient battle between Siam and Burma that took place nearby, while a rather rundown shed type building has displays relating to local agriculture.
Ang Thong is a fertile rice growing region so agriculture is very important here.
Another area is devoted to scenes of Buddhist Heaven and Buddhist hell.
The Golden Ubosot (ordination hall) is raised on a round pedestal of giant pink lotus petals, which protect a line of Buddha statues and a small garden.
The lotus petals are said to be the largest in the world.
Wihan Kaeo is a museum (open only on weekends from 9am-5pm), with sacred objects, antiques and figures of nationally venerated monks on display.
The upper floor of the museum houses the country’s first and largest solid silver Buddha image.
Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin
Without doubt the highlight of any visit to Wat Muang Ang Thong is this gigantic statue of the Buddha becoming enlightened, in a sitting position.
It took 18 years to complete, rises 92 meters high, and is 63 meters wide. It can be seen from several km away as it towers over the surrounding rice fields.
Its not until you climb the steps at the front of the statute and reach up to touch the Buddha’s fingertips does the huge size sink in.
Getting there: Wat Muang is at 19 Hua Taphan, Wiset Chai Chan District, Ang Thong province, about 8km from Ang Thong town.
Follow the Ang Thong – Wiset Chai Chan road (Highway 3195) and turn at Km 29 and after 1km you’ll see it on the left.
There are frequent buses from Bangkok’s Morchit Mai bus station to Ang Thong town, from where you can hire a Songtaew or Samlor to get you to the temple.
If you have your own transport it’s about 140km north of Bangkok, off Highway 1 (Asia Highway).
Visiting Wat Muang Ang Thong is relatively easy and it makes for a different day out, so don’t miss this amazing temple!