Easily one of the most notable features in Khon Khaen is the Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon, the 9 Storey Chedi. The temple was built within the grounds of Wang Nong Waeng, a royal temple situated by the banks of Kaen Nakhon Lake in Khon Kaen town.
The Nine Storey Chedi
The chedi was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s reign as well as the 200th year celebrating the founding of the Khon Kaen town. The chedi is venerated because it enshrines relics of the Buddha, and is an important heritage site.
Design of the Chedi
The chedi’s defining features are its 9 storeys that recede in size with each floor. The stairs are flanked by Nagas (mythological snakes) that slither along the railings and arch up towards the end. The focal point of the first storey is a decorated throne guarding relics that are revered by Buddhists. The 4th storey hosts a number of vintage Buddhist paintings, while the 8th contains scriptures from the Tripitaka, which holds the teachings of the Buddha.
How and When Get to Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon
The Wang Nong Waeng is situated on the Klang Mueang road towards the South side of Kaen Nakhon Lake. If you are staying at a hotel in Khon Kaen the likes of Avani Khon Kaen Hotel and Convention Centre, it is a mere 10-minute ride. The temple opens every day at 5 am and stays open till 7 pm, so you can visit anytime in between.