Wat Ban Rai

Wat Ban Rai, Dan Khun Thot: Address, Phone Number, Wat Ban Rai Reviews: 4.5/5

Wat Ban Rai
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Kut Phiman, Dan Khun Thot 30210 Thailand
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boredandalivesg
Singapore, Singapore29 contributions
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One of the most famous temples in Thailand is situated at the Nakhon Ratchasima province (Korat).

Wat Ban Rai was originally only a small monastery but the noble monk Luang Phor Khun who is widely respected by Buddhists world-wide developed it into one of the most majestic temples one can ever imagine. The temple which is the size of about 20 football fields is made up of different compounds & shrines.

The various shrines are tastefully designed with some architecture boasting elongated glistening gold roofs & elaborate Buddha statues. The museum promises merging & forever changing basic elements of Thai design & creativity from the sophisticated inspiration of modernity. The iconic shrine in the shape of an elephant is covered with more than 20 million pieces of mosaic, making it Asia's largest ceramic mosaic shrine.

The museum situated at another compound exhibits the life & story of Luang Phor Khun. It displays a collection of holy artifacts about the journey & amulets made by this holy abbot. Some of these sacred amulets are extremely rare & can cost more than 300 thousand Thai Baht a piece.
Written December 4, 2021
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Shawnong
Singapore, Singapore61 contributions
Wat Ban Rai, a Thai temple where LP Koon is at. Nice and beautiful temple with a lot of statues of Thai Buddha and LP Koon.
If you want to see LP Koon, daily he only come out around 2pm. There will be a mass chanted at that time. Everyone will be link up with a white rope, which LP Koon will held on his hand. After the chanted, you can cut the rope and bring back. When taking photo of him, do not use flashlight. Overall a good experience to be at this temple.
Written December 11, 2014
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Chris Backe @ WorthyGo
Bangkok, Thailand178 contributions
Couples
So it's clear, this is a good hour-plus out of Nakhon Ratchasima, the city. That said, this temple is well worth the visit. The temple itself is overshadowed by the brand-spanking-new Thep Witayakom Viharn. This is what you make the journey to see - tens of millions of pieces of colorful ceramic, hand-laid in over the course of two years. Remember to take in the outside

Once inside, head downstairs for an intriguing look at some of the beliefs envisioned here. Purchase a 'smartcard' to make donations throughout the temple - it's a pretty high-tech system, actually, and the first one I've seen like it.

Don't forget to take the stairway to heaven, for want of a better term. Plenty of gorgeous Buddhist paintings, including the faces of some real people that must have had a hand in the construction. Reaching the top rewards you with a nice view of the lake that surrounds the viharn, and an image of the beloved monk Luang Pho Khun.

It's one of the few temples in Thailand I'll highly recommended. It's not really aimed or meant for tourists, and there are plenty of devout Buddhists. Stay classy, folks.
Written July 23, 2014
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Leo H
Jomtien Beach, Thailand44 contributions
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This is the life work of a monk called Phrayanawittayakhomthera.
This monk is very famous in Thailand.
We visited this temple during the construction of the large elephant building.
But we will go back soon again.
It is mainly visited by Thai people.
But it is certainly an interesting attraction for tourists to visit.
There is also an interesting museum on site.
Here are many relics of the life of the monk is shown.
But also have pictures of several visits of the Thai royal family visiting wat Ban Rai.
Monk Phrayanawittayakhomthera still alive.
Written August 9, 2014
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Angel16828
Singapore, Singapore54 contributions
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This is an extremely beautiful temple by the kind & famous abbot Luang Por Khun. The place is huge & there is even a museum. A must visit temple for blessings & understanding thai buddhism & culture.
Written September 28, 2019
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Gunny49er
bangkok159 contributions
Solo
This temple, home of the venerable Luang Paw Khun, is about 60 km outside or Korat and well worth the trip. The elephant temple is amazing, lots of large and colorful Buddhist paintings on the walls. I would describe them as a cross between Monet and Chagall. Luang Paw Khun, whose health is failing, appears at the Sala at 200PM daily. Make the trip. You won't regret it.
Written February 22, 2015
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Mr V
Saraburi, Thailand44 contributions
This was about a good 2 hour drive from Saraburi but worth the trip.
So much to see here, you can easily spend a day here.
Everything is so ornate and colourful with the elephant
head building the focus point. Inside this building
there are many floors with so many items, artifacts and paintings on display.
Good place to come for tham bun and general visiting.
Written October 28, 2019
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Aloke Traveller
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During my visit to Nakhon Ratchasima, I visited this awesome temple. In my first visit I liked this place too much. They have a good car parking place followed by some souvenir shop. Followed by a big lake and in the mid of the lake this beautiful temple presenting its religious, gorgeous and artistic Buddhist temple.

The shape of the temple looks like a face of the elephant and top of the temple looks like the back cover of tortoise. Both are uniquely designed. The temple also have a basement division.

Each part of the temple is with reach architectural carving, design, painting and structure. The temple showing morals of Buddhism on the wall painting. The calm environment made this place divine.
Written June 5, 2019
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karin
Dubai, United Arab Emirates5 contributions
Family
Wat van rai or elephant temple .. so beautiful place
From outside look as elephant with few angels and animals statues
3 floors inside with basement
View point in tge last floor
Highly recommended
Written May 12, 2019
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Jenna M
Caledonia, Canada5 contributions
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The artwork on this elephant templw is simply amazing. It is a must see temple if you are in Thailand. Since it is still fairly new, it is not overcrowded. Mainly Thais visit this temple. The detail is crazy and it is the most colourful temple so far. Inside is even better. Filled with paintings, artifacts, stories, it is definitely one of a kind.
Written February 11, 2018
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