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  Wat Tham Klong Pen
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Contact: Mueang district Tel. -

This is the province’s famed forest temple. It is assumed to be built during the reign of ancient Khmer. In the past, it was an abandoned temple. 

In 1958, Luang Pu Khao Analayo, an important monk who is meditation master, used the temple to practice the meditation. He used the space generated by a group of 3-4 big rocks forming a roof and a big hall inside until he passed away in 1983.

 Blanketed with lush vegetable and decorated with rock garden, the temple is shady and peaceful. The main hall (ubosot) houses a statue of Luang Pu Khao and two-sided ancient drum or Klong Pen. There are many giant Buddha images in different gestures in the crevices in the rocks. 

Nearby there are several other small areas with a Buddha statue in different gestures.

Here you can see Panjanimit Buddha image, a Buddha image tucked into a crevice in the rocks.

At the front side is a big Sankatjai Buddha image. You can also see many rocks in different shapes along the 2km long paved road to the forest which is the monument of Luang Pu Khao.

In the monument area, there are:

-The museum where Luang Pu Khao’s utensils are displayed.

-The old monk cell of Luang Pu Khao: a wooden cell in the shady forest. The new cell is built in Thai style.

-Luang Pu Khao Human Imagery Museum: the museum is surrounded by rock garden decorated with flowers. Inside is the museum is the statue of Luang Pu Khao in sitting position. His utensils are on display in the next room.

-Chedi Luang Pu Khao: Built on the rock field, the Chedi is built to keep the ashes of Luang Pu Khao. 

-Mon Dop Luang Pu Khao: a mondop with four entrances built when Luang Pu was alive for holding the monk’s rituals. The atmosphere is good and tranquil.


Website: http://www.watklang.org