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Temples in Thailand: Wat Sothorn Wararam Worawihan @ Chachoengsao Province

Temples in Thailand-Chachoengsao-Worshippers inside the new Wat Sothorn Wararam Waravihan temple

Wat Sothorn Wararam Worawihan @ Chachoengsao Province

Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan is located about 80km east of Bangkok and it is the main attraction in Chachoengsao province. Situated on the west bank of the Bang Pakong River is Phra Phutthasothon, or “Luang Pho Sothorn“is regarded as one of the most revered Buddha images in Thailand.

Temples in Thailand-Chachoengsao-A nun selling prayer items

Buddhist nun (Wat Sothorn Wararam Worawihan, Chachoengsao Province)

The Buddha image, in meditation posture measures 1.65 metres wide at the lap and 1.98 metres high, is always seen entirely pasted with gold leaves by worshipers. Two annual fairs celebrating the image fall in the 5th and the 12th lunar months (around April and November). The celebrations and the procession of the replica of Luangpho Sothon by land and by river are the great annual event of the province.This is one of the biggest festivals of this province.

Temples in Thailand-Chachoengsao-Worshippers lignting candles outside the old temple

The temple are always crowded with devotees

Worshippers come from far all over Thailand to pay homage to Luang Pho Sathorn and also a large group of 20 other Buddha images. What was interesting to see are the Thai dancers dressed in traditional costume that delights worshippers with their daily performance for a small donation. Very similar to the performances performed at the Four-Faced Buddha at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok.

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Devotees paying homage to Lord Buddha (Wat Sothorn Wararam Worawihan)

However what strike me most was the new tall building of Sothorn Wararam Waravihan temple and which never fails to attract the attention of visitors for its remarkable beauty. It has taken more than 15 years in construction and reflects the strong faith of the local people in Buddhism. The peak is 84 metres high. It is decorated with five golden umbrellas weighing a total of 77 kilogrammes. This is one of the Thailand’s largest temples.

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Baskets of eggs are offered to Luang Pho Sothon (Wat Sothorn Wararam Worawihan)

The site of the temple also has an interesting legend. It was said that Luang Pho Sothorn floated down the Bang Pakong onto the site of the temple. Efforts to retrieve it were unsuccessful until a villager had a small shrine erected on the site and performed a ceremony welcoming the image to the community.

It’s an attraction that tourists really should visit on their way to Pattaya from Bangkok.

Temples in Thailand-Chachoengsao-Buddha statue covered with gold leaf

One of the many Lord Buddha images (Wat Sothorn Wararam Worawihan)

Getting There:

By Bus
There are buses leaving from 2 bus terminals: From Mor Chit 2 Bus Terminal (Tel: 0 2936 2852 66) First and second-class air-conditioned buses leave every 40 minutes during 06:00 17:00 hrs. The fare is 40 and 36 Baht, respectively.

Regular buses leave every 30 minutes during 05:40 19:00 hrs. The fare is 26 Baht. From Eastern Bus Terminal (at Ekkamai) (Tel: 0 2392 2391) First class air-conditioned buses leave every 40 minutes during 06:30 17:00 hrs. The fare is 59 Baht. Regular buses leave every 30 minutes during 05:40 19:00 hrs. The fare is 33 Baht.

Temples in Thailand-Chachoengsao-The dancers

Thai dancers at Wat Sothorn Wararam Worawihan

By Train
The trains from Hua Lamphong Station to Chachoengsao leave every day, 9 trains/day, both regular and air-conditioned during 06:00 17:25 hrs. The fare is 40 Baht for air-conditioned and 13 Baht for regular one. For more details, contact?? 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020.

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Exotic offering (Wat Sothorn Wararam Worawihan)

By Car
From Bangkok, there are 3 routes to Chachoengsao:
1) Use highway No.304, via Min Buri, with the distance of 82 kilometers.
2) Use Bang Na Trat highway, turn left before reaching the bridge over Bang Pakong River to highway No.314. The total distance is 100 kilometers.
3) Use highway No.3, via Samut Prakarn and Bang Pakong, then turn left to highway No.314. The total distance is 106 kilometers.

Temples in Thailand-Chachoengsao-The Facade of the new Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan temple

Wat Sothorn Wararam Worawihan @ Chachoengsao Province

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