Wat Sawang Arom is a shady temple with a small stream flowing through it and an ubosot on a giant boulder, with a view of Laoscan. In the past, the area used to be dwellings of Pak Khat villagers, but due to the serene environment, monks often come here for Dhamma practice, leading to head monk Luangphu Don to finally build a temple here.
The origin of the temple name is derived from the name of Thao Si Thon, the son of King Athitayawong of Panjanakon (later called Pengjanakon which is actual Ban Pengjan, 10km far from Tham Sithon).
It is said that Thao Sithon followed Manora, his wife, until the cave of the hermit “Katsappa”. Thao Sithon decided to learn the archery and magic with the hermit in case he has to use it in the future.
After he completed the course, he wanted to test his magic. Therefore, he tested his skills using a rock. He spelled the magic on the sword before cutting rock for 3 times which created a great boom in the area. The result was the rock was cut into three parts.
He then continued to find his beloved wife until he met her at Mueang Phu Ngern in Khao Krailat Mountain. Finally, he and his wife got back to his hometown to be the king and the queen.
This folktale is said to happen in Pakkad sub-district, Pakkad district and Phonphaeng sub-district in Nongkhai province. The story is very exciting and fun as it is mainly about true love that can conquer any obstruction.
Hence, the cave was called “Tham Sithon” as it has many traces mentioned in the Thao Sithon folktale. For example, the place where Thao Sithon tested his magic and the cave. It is also near Ban Pengja or the former Pengjanakhonrat where the 1.90m high boundary stone with characters engraved indicating that the place was the former location of the ancient town.