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Wat Burapharam

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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.

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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.

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.

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