Wat Phra Phutthabat Doi Lon
Wat Phra Phutthabat Doi Lon Located in Moo 3, Thong Fah subdistrict, Wat Phra Phutthabat Doi Lon is a Buddhist forest monastery which emphasizes on the meditation practices. The shady and peaceful monastery is tuck in the embrace of mountain ranges. Highlight that attracts local people and tourists is Phra Maha Sakya Muni So Sanphet, a grand and exquisite Buddha image measuring 20 meters wide across the lap and 38 meters high. The Buddha image is enshrined on a hill, so it can be seen from afar. Moreover, up on a steep hill stands a mandapa that houses the footprint of Lord Buddha. Visitors can find a natural pond nearby. It has been widely believed by the locals that it is a sacred pond. There is a folk story claiming that the pond would run dry, if any women scoop up water. On the other hand, the pond would never run dry, if men go scoop up water. Every year after Songkarn Festival in April, villagers in Thong Fah subdistrict and Ban Tak district join hands to carry on the tradition of ascending the mountain to pay homage to the Buddha’s footprint. Therefore, this monastery is suitable for tourists seeking for tranquility or nature enthusiasts. They are also welcome to participate in the meditation practices. To get to Wat Phra Phutthabat Doi, drive along Highway No. 1175 (Ban Tak-Mae Ramad). At KM. 7 there is a right-turn sign, go pass the village for approximately 2.5 kilometers.