Photo: Wat Thai Wattanaram (Wat Thai Yai).

Wat Thai Wattanaram (Wat Thai Yai)

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Wat Thai Wattanaram is an unusual Mayahana Buddhist temple built in the 1850s by members of the Thai Yai ethnic group from Burma -- hence it’s alternate name. A bunch of quirky features join several stunning Buddha images to make this large Burmese-style temple worth the side trip.

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You’re first met by shiny lion guardian statues that appear to have been crafted from many pieces of brass, followed by a miniature (but still quite large) replica of Shwedagon Pagoda and a graceful Shan-style chedi. Also check out the red-eyed chicken riding another chicken in front of an eye-catching building enwrapped in golden vine designs.

A one of a kind temple. Photo taken in or around Wat Thai Wattanaram (Wat Thai Yai), Mae Sot, Thailand by David Luekens.

A one of a kind temple. Photo: David Luekens

Inside the building topped by the Shwedagon replica sits a large marble Buddha that resembles the revered Buddha image of Wat Don Kaeo up in Mae Ramat. A neighbouring wihaan houses an exquisite bronze replica of Mahamuni, an extremely sacred Buddha image housed in Mandalay that features an ornate crown ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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