Contact: - Tel. 0 4264 3522 , 0 4264 3524
It is a catholic temple built according to the new architectural style which is the most beautiful and the biggest in Southeast Asia. Each year, there is the Rasri Wat Songkhon Merit Ceremony. It is held in order to honour the Seven Blessed Matyrs (Song Khon) in Thailand who dedicated themselves for the Christian in Thailand during the time Thailand was in the WWII with France.
Wat Songkhon Christian Temple was built as an honour to the Seven Blessed Matyrs who dedicated themselves to prove the doctrines of Jesus during the WWII with France. Since at that time there were a lot of Christians at the border and most of the priests are French making the villagers misunderstand and thought that Christianity is the religion of the French. The Christians were accused of betrayal to the country. Moreover, there are many severe events during that time resulting the government to ban this religion. However, there were still secret Christians led by Sister Pila Thipsook (31 years old), Sister Kambang Srifongkam (23 years old), Mr.Srifong Ornpitak (33 years old), Ms.Puttha Wongwai (59 years old), Ms. Boodsri Wongwai (16 years old), Ms. Kamphai Wongwai (15 years old) and Ms. Phorn Wongwai (14 years old), who were the teachers of Christianity before they were shot dead.
In 1989, the pope announced the 7 of them the “Blessed Matyrs” meaning the Christian who dedicated themselves for the religion. Nowadays, at this temple there is the mass ceremony on weekdays at 6 a.m. and Sundays at 7 a.m. Also, in each year there is a big ceremony to recall the establishment of the pile of merit on the 22nd October and a ceremony dedicated to the Seven Matyrs on 16th October. At present, Wat Songkhon is the biggest Christianity Center in Thailand and it is also popular for the architectural style which received an award from the King. This church was design by Dr. Atchapol Dusitanon. It is a concrete building with the front and the back as the place for the ashes of the Seven Matyrs to be kept.
Wat Songkhon has a big area next to the Mekong River. It is opened for the tourists to come every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Christians can join the mass ceremony on Sundays at 7 a.m.
TAT northeastern office district 5 at 0 4232 5406 and Call Center at 1147 or contact Wat Songkhon at 0 4269 9066, 0 4269 9077.