Wat Chaeng

Wat Chaeng

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The main attraction at Wat Chaeng is not the large and unimpressive wihaan up front, but rather a small wooden hall shrouded in trees out back.

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Built in the early 1900s, the dark-wood structure is fronted by one-of-a-kind crocodile guardian statues made from white stucco.

Simple but beautiful. : Stuart McDonald.
Simple but beautiful. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The structure is best known for its delicately carved upper section depicting a lotus pond under three suns (this is the Lotus City, after all). The sides of the building feature similarly beautiful gabled edges carved into the shapes of Lao-style nagas. Faded ceramic tiles have replaced the original wooden roof. Though a minor attraction, the building is worth a quick stop.

While you’re here, wander into the back corner of the grounds to see wax sculptures from past years piled haphazardly in a shed. Beyond that is Wat Chaeng’s wax-carving workshop, where you can see artists working their magic during the weeks leading up to Khao Phansa. A day market is held here on Wednesdays, leaving the temple grounds rather unkempt.

Transport information

Wat Chaeng is located on the north side of Sappasit Road towards the north of town, a 10-minute walk east of Chayangkun Road.

Contact details for Wat Chaeng

Address: Sappasit Rd, Ubon Ratchathani
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º51'34.67" E, 15º14'9.81" N
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Admission: Free

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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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