Luang Pho To Wat Phatung
Luang Pho To Wat Phatung is situated in Wat Phatung at 181, Moo 2, Huay Kaeng Sub-District, Baan Rai District, Uthai Thani Province. Travelling by car, turn left when you see Baan Pa Thung Ancient Style Woven Cloth Center and continue driving for about 1 kilometer. The uniqueness of this temple is the stairs with the statue of a dragon swallowing the King of Naga at the front side of the temple. It is one of animals of Himmapan Forest in Lanna’s legend which can be seen in many temples in the northern region. The big Luang Pho To statue is in the temple. It is 23 meters wide and 52 meters tall. It was built in 1989 by people who respect Somdet Phra Buddha Chan (To Phrommarangsee). There is a 3-4 meter cannonball tree behind the statue which is the significant tree in the legend of Buddha. This statue is one of sacred Buddha statues in Uthai Thani.After visiting Luang Pho To, do not forget to visit Guan Yim statue nearby. There is also Dhamma School. You can visit and meditate to make merit.Apart from visiting sacred statues and make merit, you can learn a unique Thai culture in Songkran Festival called “Hae Nam Dok Mai”. Local people will make a large bunch of flowers in pagoda shape and make a parade with Thai dancing to bring the bunch of flower to the temple. Visitors who are interested in meditation can come here every day.