Phrachao Yai Wat Hong
Phrachao Yai Wat Hong is an old Laotian-style Buddha image in the posture of subduing Mara, which was built during the late Ayutthaya period, or around the 18th century. The lap is 1.6 metres wide and the height is 2 metres. It was made from laterite and features local folk arts. The Buddha image is located at Wat Hong or Wat Sisa Raet. People pay high respect to the Buddha image and call it ‘Phrachao Yai’ which in the northeastern dialect, it does not mean big size but means the great sacred power, especially when one makes a wish or vow. It has been said that those who fail to fulfil their promise would have an accident or face a bad event. A lot of people go there and promise that they would stop drinking and ask that the Buddha image always prevent them from having bad luck. Also, there was the discovery of “mixed posture” amulets made from bronze as well as Buddha images carved from rhino’s horn underneath the base of Phrachao Yai. On the 14th day of the waxing moon or 1st day of the waning moon of the 3rd lunar month every year, there is a big celebration for this Buddha image. A lot of people from Amphoe Phutthaisong and other provinces come to pay respect to the Buddha image. To get there: From Phutthaisong Market, turn right at the intersection. Take the route that goes to Phayakkhaphum Phisai for about 1 kilometre. Then, turn right at the junction and go further for another 2 kilometres.