Worth a quick stop
It looks great from afar, twinkling above Nong Prajak Park’s lake; though from close up the chunky concrete lower portions and modern appearance lack the grace of many other chedis.
Drawing plenty of merit makers on Buddhist holidays, the multi-floored pagoda houses several life-like statues of famous Thai meditation monks. In addition to a rather typical ordination hall and monks’ quarters, the grounds include a small Bodhi tree and an interesting purple shrine guarded by red-eyed nagas and a dark-green Buddha image.
Though not worth going out of your way for, the leafy grounds are worth a stroll that can also include the Udon Thani Museum and Nong Prajak Park.
Wat Phothisomphon is located on Posri Rd, on the west side of town, just south of Nong Prajak Park and west of the Udon Thani Museum.
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.
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