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  Wat Khao Sukim
Catagorize: Temple
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Wat Khao Sukim is located in the village number 12, Khao Bai Sri Sub-district, Tha Mai District, Chanthaburi Province. It is approximately 20 kilometers from the city center of Chanthaburi.

The temple was formerly a dharma retreat on the hill, locally known as Khao Ikim. Later, in 1964, the villagers invited a venerable monk called Teacher Somchai Thita Wiriyo as well as the monks and novices from Noen Din Daeng Abbey, which was not far from the temple, to stay on Khao Ikim. Because of the Buddhists’ faith in Teacher Somchai Thita Wiriyo, the temple was constructed in that year as a place for the Buddhists to pray and make merits. The area covered around 3,280 Rai.

Teacher Somchai had developed the temple into a large and well-known one and renamed it to Wat Khao Sukim. He also had Wat Khao Sukim High School and Wat Khao Sukim Hospital constructed in order to benefit other people.

Inside the temple houses a principal Buddha image which is large and is fixed to the wall. It is 110 inches high and 99 inches wide in the lap. The frame that covers the Buddha image has the pattern of the great Naga with 9 heads and the plaster base has the inscription of King Rama V’s monogram. The frame and the plaster base are both decorated with Swarovski’s crystals. There are also many waxworks of various instructors, such as Luang Pu Waen, Luang Pu Wan, and Phra Ajahn Man. Besides, there is a meditation center inside the temple for doing deep meditation.

In addition, there is Wat Khao Sukim Museum on the third floor of the 60th Anniversary of His Majesty the King Building. This is a place where a number of antiques are collected; for example, stone and bronze Buddha images in different attitudes, small and large china wares, stone axes, gongs, pots, jars, knives, swords, bronze decorations, and coconut graters.

The tourists or those who are interested can start at Sukhumvit Road, at the 305th kilometer marker at Ban Huai Sathon. At the junction, take the highway number 3322 to Wat Khao Sukim for 13 kilometers. But, if the tourists miss the turn, there will be another entrance at Ban Noen Sung that takes 16 kilometers. There is also the route to Krathing Waterfall. The tourists have to leave Sukhumvit Road at Khao Raiya Intersection and go straight for around 7 kilometers. At the next junction, turn left and go for another 10 kilometers.

Wat Khao Sukim opens daily from 6.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. free of charge. For more details, contact 08 9931 5544.

Website: http://www.rbru.ac.th