Catagorize: Other religious & spiritural sites
Contact: Ban Sang Ruang, Ya Plong subdistrict, Muenag district, Sisaket province Tel. -
Phra That Ruang Rong is within the temple ground of Wat Ban Sang Ruang, Ban Sang Ruang, Ya Plong subdistrict, Muenag district, Sisaket province. It is located 7.5 kilometers away from downtown. The pagoda was built in 1982 by Luang Phu Dhamma Pitaksa. It aims to enshrine the relics of Lord Buddha and hopes that Isan locals can go pay homage here without travelling far.
The architectural design of Phra That Ruang Rong is the combination of 4 ethnic groups in Isan, namely Lao, Suai, Khmer and Yer. The pagoda stands 49 meters tall and consists of 6 floors. The 1st floor is the folk museum displaying the lifestyle of the said 4 ethnic groups. It contains mannequins modeling local traditions, culture, ceremonies. Additionally, mural paintings about myths, legends and beliefs are hung on the crossbeam. The 2nd and 3rd floors are also part of the folk museum. It exhibits household equipment and tools used in ancient time, such as pottery, traditional fishing equipment, lamps, vinyl records, books, weapons, etc. Moreover, the walls on the 2nd floor are decorated with paintings and photos of Sisaket attractions, while the walls on the 3rd floor shows important incidents in Sisaket. The 4th floor is a rest area before going to the upper floor. The area on the 5th floor is devoted to meditation practice. The 6th floor, the last one on the top, enshrines the hair relics (Kesa That) of arhats and serves as a scenic point from which visitor can get panoramic views of houses and verdant paddy fields.
The surrounding area of the pagoda houses a number of cement sculptures. They involve Dhamma puzzles, traditions and ceremonies in Isan region. There is a designated area if visitors wish to donate money or buy amulets and souvenirs.
Direction: from Sisaket downtown, use the Sisaket – Uthumphon Phisai route. Make a right turn onto Highway 2373. There are signposts guiding to the destination. All profits are meant for the renovation of Phra That Ruang Rong.
Opening hours: every day from 8.30 -16.30
Admission fee: free of charge
Contact: tel. 0 4582 1058, 0 4569 2334