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  Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang
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Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang is located on the northern bank of Samrong canal, Tambon Bang Phli Yai, Amphoe Bang Phli, Samutprakan. It was constructed in 1824. After being built, the temple was initially named “Wat Noi Pathum Khongkha” before changing into “Wat Rat Sattha Tham”, and eventually “Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang”. Still, Bang Phli local people usually call use the short name “Wat Klang”, or “Wat Pra Non”.

When entering the temple, a floating Thai-style pavilion named “Sala Attakowitwutthikhun” is on the right. It is the spot where villagers and visitors normally sit leisurely, feed fishes, and release aquatic animals.

The highlight of Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang is the largest reclining Buddha image in Thailand “Somdet Phra Sakayamuni Si Sumet Bophit” (or Bang Phli Reclining Buddha Image), enshrined in a great vahara. This statue is 52 meters 1 cubit 9 inches long, and 6 meters 1 cubit wide. Inside the Buddha image is divided into 4 storeys; 1st storey: the meditation room, 2nd storey: the place where images  of 500 Arahats enshrined, with mural paintings depicting hell-heaven, 3rd storey: paintings of various sacred Buddha statues, and  4th storey: the house of Buddha’s relics from Sri Lanka, and the heart of the reclining Buddha image (open to Buddhist visitors for worshipping with incenses and flowers).

Behind the great vihara stands the ubosot of Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang. This ubosot was wholly built and decorated by golden stucco patterns, looking adorably beautiful. There are Nagha ladders leading up to worship Luang Por Soon (or Luang Por Suriya), the principle Buddha image in the ubosot. Moreover, the temple holds an ubosot passing through activity for a fortune as well.

Transportation: From Bang Na intersection, take Bang Na- Trad route which leads to Chonburi. When reaching kilometer stone no.12, take a U-turn, then turn left onto Bang Phli-King Kaew road. Keep driving around 3 kilometers, then turn left onto the street which heads to Bang Phli District Office. It takes around 1 kilometer, you will reach Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang.

Opening Hours: Every day from 8.30 a.m.- 4.30 p.m.

Admission Fee: Free

For further information: Please contact 02-337-3455, 02-337-4020, 02-337-3458


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