Home to ancient Buddha twins
Published/Last edited or updated: 8th February, 2021
Known as Wat Okat for short, Nakhon Phanom town’s most important temple occupies a relatively small piece of land near Indochine Market and across from the riverfront. Locals hold the resident twin Buddha images close to their hearts, even if outsiders might find them to be of minimal interest.
The older of the two 60 centimetre-tall seated Buddha images, Phra Tio, is named after the type of wood that it was carved from back in the year 785 CE—or so it’s believed. Striking the Subduing Mara posture and later covered in gold plating, the image sits next to a replica, Phra Thiam, which was crafted later and has retained more distinctive detail on the face.
The two images sit side-by-side, above and behind a handful of other Buddha images that are all about the same size. Thanks to the small sizes and (especially) metal bars that keep revellers from getting too close, it’s difficult to make out much detail without a pair of binoculars. The walls of the hall are decorated with finely done murals in the Central Thai style.
Apart from a large spirit tree around back and views of the river through the temple gates in the front, there’s not much else to see at Wat Okat.
Wat Okat is centrally located next to Indochina market on Soonthornvijit Rd.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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