Photo: Just gorgeous.

Wat Wang Wiwekaram and Buddhakaya Chedi

Our rating:


Get a quote for travel insurance today.

The chedi looks almost unreal in the early morning, when it shimmers in the rising sunlight over the often misty lake.

Travel better, travel smarter

Save money, receive our latest updates and get the most out of your travels.


Photo of Wat Wang Wiwekaram and Buddhakaya Chedi

It was built in 1982, and when viewed close up it’s not quite as spectacular, although it does have hundreds of small metal Buddha images placed amid the corn-cob exterior. Much of the construction was done in concrete and the golden hue is actually from a gold paint, messy splotches of which can be found on the concrete walkway surrounding the chedi. It was built to mimic the Mahabodhi stupa of Bodhgaya, India, which marks the place of the Buddha’s enlightenment. Several vendors selling Burmese and Mon souvenirs and drinks line the car park of the chedi.

Four hundred metres up the road takes you to Wat Wang Wiwekaram, also known as Wat Mon due to it being predominantly occupied by Mon monks. The temple was built around its former head monk, Luang Phaw Uttama, who passed away in 1983 and is still widely revered throughout Thailand. He was never cremated and his remains sit closed off in a coffin on a large shrine in the main building. Here in this huge building with very high ceilings, one of the current senior monks blesses pilgrims with holy water each day, and he often gives them necklaces of wooden prayer beads. Don’t be shy -- foreigners are welcome. A separate building houses a large marble Buddha image. Note the clay pots of water with ladles found along the footpaths around the temple; they’re a distinct feature of Mon wats.

Book a flight, train, bus, taxi or ferry in Thailand with 12Go Asia

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Sangkhlaburi.
 Check prices, availability & reviews on Agoda or Booking
 Read up on where to eat on Sangkhlaburi.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Sangkhlaburi.
 Read up on how to get to Sangkhlaburi, or book your transport online with 12Go Asia.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Sangkhlaburi? Please read this.
 Buy a SIM card for Thailand—pick it up at the airport when you arrive.
 Browse the web securely while travelling with TunnelBear. Try with a 7–day free trial.

See below for more sights and activities in Sangkhlaburi that are listed on

Top of page

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Sangkhlaburi? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

Top of page