Wat Muang

Wat Muang, Wiset Chai Chan

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BangkokSachse
Bangkok, Thailand38,625 contributions
Largest Buddha!
Apr 2021 • Friends
The temple is open for tourists to visit the largest Buddha in the world. The temple is well maintained. We walked to pay the respect to the Buddha.
Written May 23, 2021
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HOOMAN
Tehran, Iran1,187 contributions
The Greatest Buddha of Thailand!
May 2019
Wat Muang is home to a 92 meters tall statue of the sitting Buddha, located in Phai Cham Sin (8 km from Ang Thong).
It's a huge temple complex and visiting may take more than 3 hours, so go there early in the morning, not to be trapped by Sun. Within the temple compound, there are depictions of heaven and hell, and a huge statue of Guan Yin.
The Lord Buddha statue stands 92 m high & 63 m wide. The Great Buddha of Thailand is the currently tallest statue in Thailand, the 2nd tallest statue in Southeast Asia. The Great Buddha was completed in 2008 after 18 years. It is made of concrete and is painted gold. The Buddha image is in the seated posture called Maravijaya Attitude.
According to the Buddhist's belief if you pray “Luang Pho Yai at Wat Muang", It will bless you to be successful in your life.
I went to Wat Muang from Pattaya by a rental car. The route was more than 250 km long and we got there 4 hours later. Whole road to the temple was very nice and green.
Before you get to the Wat Muang, the large Buddha image is visible from a long distance which depicts the beautiful panoramic view of the golden Buddha image amidst the vast green fields. The Golden Buddha image of Wat Muang is really grand, glorious and glittering.
Near the temple complex there's a local market that sells Thai and sacred souvenirs and visitors’ necessities like hand fan, hats & ... . There's a section for eatables near the temple complex but the place is not very clean and the food doesn't have very good quality.
If you are residing in Bangkok or Pattaya, I highly recommend you to visit Wat Muang and the Biggest Buddha image of Thailand.
Written April 29, 2020
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GDay1044
Durban, South Africa1,075 contributions
Tallest seated Buddha in Thailand
Jan 2020
This is a stunning gold Buddha rising majestically 93 meters above the surrounding countryside - Visitors can access the huge right hand by way of a wooden dais - in the grounds is a life sized graphic depiction of hell, a little gory and other life sized images - the battle scene with fighting elephants and Thai and Burmese warriors for one - there is also a sparklingl temple with both the outside and inside paneled with glass mirror tiles causing multiple reflections of the Buddha's and other statues - there is a small market where food and soft beverages can be bought - this truly is a wonderful place and needs time to enjoy - off the beaten track - we had our own transport - really worth the effort if you can get here.
Written February 20, 2020
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Liddy H
Baltimore, MD18 contributions
Great Statues but the Golden Buddha is Being Repaired
Mar 2019
When we visited, we went in the morning so it wasn't too crowded. That was nice. There are many individual statue gardens that depict different battles, people following the teachings of Buddha and different depictions of Heaven and Hell. They are very pretty and in some cases entertaining depending on your sense of humor. When we visited, the Golden Buddha was being repaired and was covered in scaffolding and no one could enter the building underneath him. That was a little disappointing but the Buddha is still breathtaking. You can see him towering over the trees as you approach the wat. Around the area there are lots of vendors selling everything from trinkets to food. They do not bargain much.
Written August 11, 2019
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Owain M
Frongoch, UK44 contributions
Strange
Aug 2019
Bizarre collection of hellish scenes with the biggest Buddha I’ve ever seen. A very worth while stopping place but somewhat strange and at times disturbing. We called in here to see the massive Buddha! Well worth seeing if your in the area it’s immense. A little in front of it however are some creepy and bloody sculptures of torture scenes. As before well worth a visit but a little gruesome !
Written August 6, 2019
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Lynkster
Australia253 contributions
An eclectic collection of temples and a Hell theme park
Jul 2019 • Friends
For a different experience of temples in Thailand, this one will definitely qualify. Situated a few hours out of Bangkok, it has a park full of statues depicting hell and the punishments given in very graphic detail (beheadings, disembowelment, forced to climb a tree of thorns, the usual), and then scenes from Buddha's past lives and reincarnation, the Ramayana and also a battle at Wiset Chai Chan between Thai and Burmese forces. Most of the descriptions have no English signs. The Great Buddha is an awe-inspiring sight, and pilgrims queue to touch the fingers and pray. The ordination hall has ceiling to floor mirror walls, which creates an impression of a large, vast space, containing relics including the embalmed body of the first abbot of the monastery.

It's not well-known to foreign tourists, who mostly go to the nearby Ayutthaya ruins. Being rather new as far as temples go in Thailand, it does have a certain enjoyable level of kitschness, like a Buddhist theme park. If you have spare time, it might be an interesting diversion after Ayutthaya and Lopburi. As mentioned, the depictions of hell are very graphic, so if you're concerned about your young children, you may wish to steer clear of that part, although from what we could see, young kids were playing freely in between scenes of torture and horror unconcerned.
Written July 23, 2019
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advcards
Reno, NV2,928 contributions
Shopping
Jan 2019 • Friends
Lots of food and shopping that you walk through to get the best view of the 92 meter tall monk statue. Clean free bathrooms available
Written January 20, 2019
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kitterarfull
Singapore, Singapore9 contributions
A Great Place!
Dec 2018 • Couples
We went to Wat Muang, Ang Thong last 30th December 2018.

The giant Buddha is being repainted when we went there. But it is still great to see such a big Buddha plus the art and culture behind it. If you watched Ultraman before, it’s size will remind you of that show.

You can visit the other Buddhas inside the temples around the giant Buddha. Inside one of the temples is a monk who Is preserved.

The heaven and hell garden is also very interesting. They have punishments for every sin. If you are bringing your children, this is a place where you can scare them by telling them what will happen to them if they misbehave.

The statues of monks are good too. You will feel the honour that the people give to the monks.

There is also a tidbits market and street food around the area. You need to try the grilled corn (10 Baht each) and the sticky rice cooked in grilled bamboo (3 for 100 Baht). We also ate spicy Thai noodles with different topings (10 Baht). They will cook the noodles for you. We also had iced coffee (20 Baht). You can buy their tidbits as well (3 packs for 100 Baht).

We stayed for around 3 hours.

HOW TO GO TO WAT MUANG?

My partner and I went there without any tour bookings cause we want to try the Thai way of getting around.

Note: It is better to prepare pictures of where you are going. Pictures with names of the places and the translation written in Thai. You can get them from the internet.

1.. Go to the new Mo Chit Mini Bus terminal in Khamphaeng 2.

2.. Go to Ticketing Building B (try to spot the few signs that will lead you to which ticketing building do you need to buy your tickets).

3.. Go to B9 where you can buy tickets for bus#951 (Ticket price = 100 Baht).

Note: Just ask. The people in Thailand are very nice. If you cannot understand each other, show photos of where you want to go. Photos really help when you are in a foreign country.

4.. Sit and wait on the chairs until the driver calls you. He will bring you to his minibus personally. Tell the driver that you are going to alight at Wat Muang.

5.. Sit inside the minibus and wait for the bus to go. The bus leaves every 30 mins-1 hour

6.. Minibus trip is around 2 hours.

7.. Alight 500m before the entrance. The minibus driver knows where all the passengers are alighting so he will tell you that you need to alight already.

8.. Walk to Wat Muang. No entrance fees but you can make a donation if you want to. You can take photos and videos. You need be respectful at all times. Note: You cannot be rowdy in Thailand. They will not scold you or anything but they will look at you like you are a weird person. Better to lower your voice wherever you are.

*** Going back to the city ***

1.. Walk the same 500m road going back to the main road.

2.. Hail any minibus going to the city. We took minibus 954. You can also take minibus 951, whichever comes first. Fare = 100 Baht

Note: You can also look for someone with a motorcycle who can bring you to the road or the Ang Thong transport station for 100 Baht.

They don’t speak English over there. So get your google translator ready.

4.. Alight where you want to alight in Bangkok.

Written December 30, 2018
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BMWCHOY
Singapore, Singapore719 contributions
Must Visit Wat Muang !!!!!
Jul 2018 • Friends
I visited Wat Muang in 1 July 2018. Wat Muang has several must-see highlights. The Ubosot (ordination hall) is surrounded by the largest lotus petals in the world. The ground floor of one of its image halls, Wihan Kaeo, is home to a museum (open on weekends from 9.00 am-5.00 pm), with sacred objects, antiques and figures of nationally venerated monks on display. The upper floor of the museum houses the first and largest silver holy Buddha image of the country, which was created in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of His Majesty the King’s accession to the throne. Within the temple compound, there are depictions of heaven and hell, a Thai deity paradise, a Chinese deity paradise, and a huge statue of Kuan Yim, a Chinese female goddess.
In addition, there are figures narrating the history of the Thai-Burmese battle in Wiset Chai Chan. At the back of the temple, there is a fish preserve, where Ang Thong signature treats and souvenirs are for sale.
Wat Muang is located at Mu 6, Tambon Hua Taphan, approximately 8 kilometers from downtown. To get there, from Ang Thong - Wiset Chai Chan route (Highway No. 3195) turn at Km 29 for 1 kilometer; the temple will be on the left side of the road.
I will definitely visit Wat Muang in near future.
Written August 1, 2018
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RR1231
Shah Alam Selangor420 contributions
Tallest Statue in Thailand
Jul 2018 • Solo
This Wat situated 30 to 45 minits from Ayutthaya The statue is so big and tall you even can see from far before reaching to the Wat, and it serounding by paddy fields.
I choose to stay here after a long day at Ayutthaya due to my next destination is Kanchanaburi.
The nearest resort you can stay is Smile Resort, just 5 minits behind from the wat, comfortable stay and nice owner and very reasonable rate. Unfortunately did not listed in tripadviser but you can book thru booking.com
Unfortunately currently bottom part of the statue is under renovation., but its still to shoot some photo.

Written July 11, 2018
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