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“Well worth a visit”
Review of Wat Sa Bo Kaeo

Wat Sa Bo Kaeo
Ranked #13 of 22 things to do in Phrae
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Interesting Burmese style wat with a striking tower with multi-teired square roofs fringed in gingerbread designs. In front of the tower is a forest of little golden stupads and Buddha images.

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Reviewed May 25, 2012

This was a location we went following another review on trip advisor. The temple style was not traditional, wooden building. It is peaceful inside with a number of Buddha images.
The chedi outside though is a further touch of creativity with the pink paint in between the gold. A peaceful location and in the middle of the town.
Worth a stop on the cultural tour.

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Reviewed April 4, 2012

This is different to the normal Thai temples as it has been built more in the Burmese style of Buddhist temples. Indeed I understand that many of the Burmese monks who come to Thailand to study Buddhism will base themselves at this temple rather than one of the more traditional Thai style temples.
The main ubosot/bot, with an impressive many tiered, staggered roof, is built in wood and is up the stairs on the upper floor. Instead of the more Thai style main Buddha statue and then smaller shrines to the side, Wat Sa Bo Kaeo has number of separate Buddha (including one with a marble Buddha) shrines all round the sides of the room – though some are clearly more 'important' than others. The style of the shrines is also generally quite different to the normal Thai styles. One thing I particularly likes about the room was that at one end on the verandah by the hall, there was a number of large teak comfortable chairs where one could watch or just chill. Indeed, despite the heat outside, the bot felt nice and cool.
Outside another distinctive feature at the temple was that right outside the bot there was a large bronze(?) statue of a monk looking to the Heavens. This monk is particularly well known for granting wishes, though only one wish, in return for an offering, so use the opportunity while you are there. Again, the style is quite different from most Thai statues. There is also a small Burmese style chedi further in the grounds.
One last thing I particularly liked was that a lot of the stone plant pots and other items were painted a pleasing shade of pink, very colourful. An enjoyable visit and when we were there, there were no other visitors at all - but then it was lunchtime.

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Reviewed September 28, 2016
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