Worth a stop
Published/Last edited or updated: 30th August, 2016
The highlight of Wat Doem (rhymes with “worm”) is a roughly three-metre-tall seated Buddha image depicted in the subduing Mara posture with a gentle expression on the face. To its right sits an unusual black-and-gold Buddha image, while on the left is a dark-crimson seated Buddha. Both are just slightly smaller than the principal image.
The neighbouring ordination hall features a smaller seated Buddha overshadowed by a vivid string of murals depicting scenes from the Buddha’s life. Look to the seated Buddha’s left to see a poignant portrayal of the Buddha’s parinibbana -- the moment when his physical body is said to have perished and his awareness extinguished into the state of Nirvana.
As one of Phimai’s largest temples, Wat Doem has a large wax-carving workshop where local artists create life-size sculptures of mostly Hindu-Buddhist icons, which are placed on a huge float for the Khao Pansa parade held annually around July (exact dates change with the lunar cycle). Do pop in to watch the artists at work if visiting in the months leading up to the festival.
Address: Romsai Rd, just north of the historical park, Phimai
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.