Wat Maha Wanaram (Wat Pa Yai)

Ubon's most important wat

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Built in 1807, this wat is commonly referred to as Wat Pa Yai and is regarded as the principal wat in Ubon.

It was originally a religious centre for meditation practices until it was upgraded to a monastery under its second abbot. The wat contains the Phra Chao Yai In Paeng, a highly revered Buddha image built by the first abbot. Thais gather from all over to make merit on the stucco statue built in Laotion style on all important holidays.

When inside the principal building, take a look at the gruesome accident autopsy photos on the back wall. The wat's grounds are a popular area for mystics and seers to ply their trade, though you'd struggle to find one with enough English to tell you your future.

Nowadays, you’ll find many snack and drink vendors taking advantage of the always popular temple grounds.

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Last updated: 14th September, 2012

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