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Wat Khao Tham Phra Photo Gallery (วัดเขาถ้ำพระ)

Located in the Phu Phan Mountains of Northeast Thailand, Wat Khao Tham Phra (วัดเขาถ้ำพระ) is one of the most interesting temples of “Undiscovered Thailand“. Built on a hilltop and surrounded by a forest of monkeys, this Sakon Nakhon temple is a true spiritual retreat, where visitors can practice meditation and mindfulness. Guests also will be enchanted by ancient sculptures and a sacred cave which houses an 11th century Buddha statue left behind by the Khmer residents who once made these temple grounds their home.

Wat Khao Tham Phra was cared for by the late monk Luang Pu Sawaeng Samangkalo (หลวงปู่แสวง สุมังคโล), who was one of the last remaining living disciples of Ajarn Man, the co-founder of Thailand’s Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism. King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great made a number of pilgrimages to this temple during his life to visit with LP Sawaeng and discuss the Dharma.

Among the many interesting aspects of this temple is a “Hall of Karma” that depicts Thailand’s vision of hell, and serves as a warning to live the noble, upright path. To learn more about this legendary temple, visit our page: Wat Khao Tham Phra.


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David Alan
Sakon Nakhon Isaan