Wat Mong Gorn Phupharam

A stunning Chinese temple

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Located right on Sukhumvit Road a few kilometres southeast of Chanthaburi en route to Namtok Phlio, this stunning Chinese Buddhist temple was built only 40 years ago.

More than 30 individual shrine rooms burst with colour and feature gorgeous statues of Amithaba Buddha, Maitreya Buddha, Guanyin and many other bodhisattvas. Do as the locals do and leave three incense sticks burning at each shrine while wishing for good health, wealth or long life, then shake out a fortune stick to find out if your wishes will come true. Or just stand back with a camera in awe of the temple's elaborate details -- notice the hundreds of tiny Buddha statuettes encased in the walls of the main shrine.

Also don't forget to walk upstairs to see more shrines and open-air hallways lined with red lanterns. When we visited there were only a handful of locals here and the setting was quiet and intimate.

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