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Friday, March 11, 2011

Wat Nong Wang & Mahathat Kaen Nakhon, Khon Kaen Isaan Thailand

The Abbot receiving alms

Wat Nong Wang was built under the direction of the first Governor of Khon Kaen in 1793, early in the city's history. The temple sits on about 11 rai of land. Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon is situated next to the original temple grounds. It was built to celebrate the 50th year of the king on the throne and the 200th anniversary of Khon Kaen. The structure is 80 meters tall and contains 9 levels. Doors and windows are elaborately carved, depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha and former reincarnations. Murals within the stupa depict the history of the town. Various important sculpture and documents are on display throughout the first 8 levels. The top, 9th level houses relics of Buddha.
When visiting Khon Kaen be sure to visit the grounds of the temple as well as the That. And please no not forget the dress appropriately.