Wat Phra Phuttabat Khao Ruak
is located at Moo. 5 in Wang Lum Sub District, 10 kilometres from TaphanHin District. The temple houses a mark of Buddha’s footprint, which is a replica of the footprint at WatPhraPhuttabat in Saraburi Province. Once entering the temple, there is a staircase leading up that connects to the temple area on top of a small hill. The natural surrounding is pleasant all the way up to the Buddha’s footprint. On the hill, there is a mondopwhere visitors can enter, though the door may be closed. Inside, there are stunning murals of beautiful patterns on the wall and a large imprint of Buddha’s foot in the middle of the building, or where the doors on four directions cross. Walking around the temple, there are a white chedi in front of the ubosot and a statue of Luang Poo NgoanSorayo, a famous monk and instructor who used to stay at WatPhraPhuttabatKhaoRuak. The monk was the creator of PhraPhuttaWimok, theBuddha images in Samadhi mudra which were given to schools throughout Thailand. There are also the viharn of Luang Poo Ngoan, where many images of Buddha and the monk’s portrait are stored, the viharn of PhraPhuttaMokYok Kao, the largest wooden drum in the world named “NunthapheriSriracharukkoMahoratukMaruktayawanBunruelok”, and a hermit statue which was made from laterite from River Kern basin has around 1,000-1,500 years old.Moreover, there is a small zoo where visitors can admire and learn more about various animals. Luang Poo NgoanSorayo of WatPhraPhuttabat is a famous monk widely known for his sacredness and respectability, which earned him faith from all people. Born in 1903, he was formerly named ThongsukSinghaseni. He was not Buddhist from the beginning but converted to Buddhism thanks to his faith in LuangPhor Wang Chittawaro, a monk whom he met and to whom he paid great respect. Later, he was ordained monk at WatThepsirintraWat where he carried out intense religious practices. Then he moved to stay at Wat Phar PhutthabatKhaoRuak in Phichit Province. For once, during his trip to Norway, he amazed everyone by doing meditation on snow amid freezing cold weather for up to eight hours, while an ordinary man would have frozen to death. Lastly, LuangPhorNgoan also provided unique teachings and sermons that serve as good pieces of live advice.