Known for the murals
Published/Last edited or updated: 10th February, 2021
Worth a passing glance after you’re finished at Phra That Phanom, Wat Hua Wiang Rangsi is a leafy riverside temple with some intriguing murals in the century-old ordination hall.
Completed in 1921, the small building has an unusually low wood-shingle roof along with brick-and-cement walls that make it fit in with Nakhon Phanom’s colonial-era architecture. Inside, murals created in the Central Thai style by a trio of renowned artists rely on minimal colours to depict scenes from the Ramakien (the Thai version of the Indian Ramayana) and the folk tale, Laksanawong.
Wander around to the back of the ordination hall to see a similarly old and crumbling reclining Buddha carved into the wall. If the hall is locked when you arrive, just ask one of the monks and they’ll be happy to open it for you. This is a forest meditation temple with peaceful grounds across from the river.
Wat Hua Wiang Rangsi is located just north of the Riverview Hotel and can be accessed from either Phanom Phanark Rd or the riverside lane.
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.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.