To the north of the new town, off Nam Khue Road opposite the moat and next to the telephone company office, is an elaborate Burmese-style wat named Sra Bor Kaew.
This is another temple constructed for the benefit of Burmese workers who, coming to work in the local timber industry, had problems understanding the Thai monks. It dates to the late 19th or early 20th century, having originally been founded in 1876 and restored in 1909.
The wat is teak made, with a classic multi-tiered Burmese-style roof and ornate carvings. The seated Buddha image in front of the hall has a highly unusual posture, holding an alms bowl and with its head turned to the right.
Less popular than better known Wat Chom Sawan, Wat Sa Bor Kaew nevertheless attracts a steady stream of devotees and while we'd say it isn't worth traipsing across Thailand to see, if you're in the area this is a peaceful escape from the city. The relatively extensive complex also houses some spectacular chedis including a Burmese-style gilded gold and pink stupa and a squar- based white and gold one. In front of the pink and gold chedi is a striking statue of the Goddess of Mercy holding lotus buds. Also photogenic are the rows of gilded, seated Buddhas on plinths to the right of the main hall as you enter. The eclectic contents plus the attractive grounds with orchids hanging from mature trees and flowering shrubs make this the most picturesque wat in town.
By Mark Ord.
Last updated on 24th February, 2016.