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“Nice temple”
Review of Wat Khao Sukim

Wat Khao Sukim
Ranked #5 of 22 things to do in Chanthaburi
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Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Nice temple”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

We went on a day trip here because we wanted to see a temple during our trip to Chanthaburi. At the street level there are several Buddha statues and a big fish pond. The rail that takes you up to the temple is near the pond. There is a mad scramble to get a seat on the train when it arrives. One guy was nice and let us have a spot since we were clearly not locals and didn't know how to rush the train. At the top the only thing of interest we found was the temple itself. You take off your shoes and follow the rules that say to make sure you are dressed appropriately. Inside you can donate to the monk at the entrance. There were a couple of wax statues of monks that look eerily real, I didn't want to look in case they were real monks. There were lots of trinkets for sale, I assume to benefit the temple. There were shelves of artifacts of all kinds, including currencies from around the world and old pottery. This was not terribly interesting so we went upstairs to see the view. The view was nice and there were several exhibits up there, but we did not go inside the exhibits because there was no English signage and we were dressed very casually. It was an OK trip since we were already in the area, but not great.

Visited March 2012
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Chanthaburi, Thailand
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“Thai Buddhist temple with museum and wonderful views”
Reviewed September 1, 2011

Wat Khao Sukim is 17km inland from Sukhumvit #3 the main road south heading towards Trat/Koh Chang. Several roads lead there, but #3322 from Noen Sung traffic lights about 9km before Chanthaburi city is probably easiest.

Temple is set on a hillside behind a couple of lakes and a large car/bus parking area which suggests it can get very busy at times, but we went midweek just 4 coachloads of tourists and about 30 cars.

A huge new temple building is under construction past the main carpark, two tower cranes give some perspective on how big this building will be eventually. The lake is well stocked with carp and turtles, 10b buys food for them

The main temple buildings are further up the hill - option of walking or else take the free cablecar - just press the button, takes about 1min to the top, where there is the temple and buildings housing a large collection of religious items and antiques donated by the public, also on display are wax sculptures of over twenty Buddhist monks highly revered by the public. Lots to see in these museum rooms, ornate furniture, huge vases often of Chinese style, bowls of locally mined sapphires and rubies, easy to spend an hour quietly browsing. Then head outside for views over the countryside.

For the top of the building there are great views over the surrounding countryside, orchards/fruit farms mainly here, especially rambutan, durian, banana and rubber tree plantations. Something I found different to other areas here was the lack of houses - there are some very big farm properties, and on the road we took, few houses.

Visited August 2011
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Macau, China
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“This is not your average Thai Wat”
Reviewed November 13, 2010

It is a fairly new temple, and was quite busy on the weekend I was there. They appear to be in the process of building a huge, golden temple adjacent to the current building. The temple is located on a steep hill. At the bottom of the hill is a small lake with fountains, parking for dozens of busses and hundreds of cars, some small pagodas, a food market and the entrance to the funicular which can take you up to the temple itself. There is absolutely nothing posted in English and was so different from the other temples that I’ve been to, that I was a little confused by it all. It seems that it is very active, with options for practicing Buddhists to stay overnight, eat with the monks, and attend lectures from their well known monks. But for the average tourist the main focus was on the huge amount of religious objects that have been donated to the Wat. There is a huge display room, and a dozen smaller rooms, of tables and chairs and Buddhist statuary and other items crowded together that must have some significance. Almost none of it is labeled in Thai or English. Near the entrance a monk was stationed who asked me in English to hold out my hands, and he dropped a rolled up poster into it, presumably about the new building and blessing me for dropping by. I enjoyed my experience at the temple, and walking in the garden along the lake down below, but found the whole experience a little odd.

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