Wat Burapharam

Wat Burapharam

Quiet temple with a big naga

More on Ubon Ratchathani

Set in a quiet corner of the city’s eastern reaches, Wat Burapha is a forest meditation temple with a more tranquil atmosphere than most of Ubon’s wats.

Travelfish says:

After being founded in the early 20th century, it was frequented by the late Ajahn Sao, a forest monk partly credited with revitalising the Thai Forest Tradition, along with several of his disciples.

Work in progress. : David Luekens.
Work in progress. Photo: David Luekens

Built in 1915 and later damaged by fire, the remains of a small wihaan now house life-size stone statues of famous Forest Tradition monks, including Ajahn Sao, Ajahn Mun and Ajahn Lee. Nearby you’ll find an attractive pair of stilted ho trai buildings used to house Buddhist scripture. Walk a little further to see a huge seated Buddha image protected by a Chinese-looking seven-headed naga.

Wat Burapha also features a more modern wihaan with a sloped tiered roof stretching high into the air. This is also another important centre of wax carving; during our June visit, a cigarette-smoking monk showed us a few of the gorgeous sculptures that were being worked on. The grounds are still conducive to meditation, with plenty of grass shaded by tall trees.

Contact details for Wat Burapharam

Address: East of Ubon city, Phalorangrit Rd (five-minute walk past Ubonrak-Thonburi Hospital), Ubon Rathathani
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º52'25.57" E, 15º13'53.38" N
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps
Admission: Free

Reviewed by

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.

Tours in Thailand


These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.


Our top 10 other sights and activities in and around Ubon Ratchathani

Hae Thian (Candle Festival)
Hae Thian (Candle Festival)

Ubon’s best festival

Wat Nong Bua
Wat Nong Bua

Thai rendition of an Indian pagoda

Baan Pa Ao brass and silk village
Baan Pa Ao brass and silk village

Watch traditional artists at work

Ubon Ratchathani National Museum
Ubon Ratchathani National Museum

A glimpse into Ubon’s past

Wat Thung Si Muang
Wat Thung Si Muang

Arguably Ubon’s most atmospheric wat

Wat Si Phradu
Wat Si Phradu

Rich candle-carving tradition

Wat Maha Wanaram (Wat Pa Yai)
Wat Maha Wanaram (Wat Pa Yai)

Ubon’s centre of merit making

Wat Si Ubon Rattanaram (Wat Si Thong)
Wat Si Ubon Rattanaram (Wat Si Thong)

Thailand’s largest topaz Buddha

Thung Si Muang Park
Thung Si Muang Park

Heart of Ubon