As a tourist destination, Thailand located in East Asia is a kingdom complete with a variety of experiences. Available to the curious traveller are a number of attractions imbued with cultural and historic importance. For the tourist seeking relaxation, Thai islands such as Phuket make for a rejuvenating experience while the true shopaholic is given the experience of a lifetime as they stroll through the streets of Bangkok filled with shops, markets and department stores.
For the travellers with an interest in the local culture and history, Thai history has left behind remnants of its glorious past in the form of temples, palaces and monuments. The Wat Pa Mok, a temple located in Tambon Pa Mok is one such attraction that provides travellers with an insight into the culture as well as the religious beliefs of the locals. The Wat Pa Mok, a predominantly Buddhist temple, is home to reclining Buddha statue of nearly 23 metres and a background story which is as astounding.
History states that this Buddha statue had floated along the Chao Phraya River and sunk, prompting the locals to offer their alms to the statue and pull it out of the depths of the waterway. Records state that this image was relocated to a new temple called Wat Talad. Sometime later, King Thai Sa merged the Wat Talad with another temple called Wat Chipakhao and renamed this place of worship as Wat Pa Mok due to an abundance of Mok trees growing in the area.
The temple is open throughout the day and a fact that a visiting traveller might find interesting is the Wihan Khian, located next to the reclining Buddha statue, which houses a library complete with writings on Buddhism.
The Wat Pa Mok temple is also an attraction that tourists may pass if they opt for Bangkok cruises which utilise the multitude of waterways in order to provide travellers with a unique manner of exploring the areas cultural and religious interests. A Bangkok cruise tour is likely to increase your knowledge the country’s iconic landmark yet while enjoying the comforts of a cruising vessel. Anantara cruises Thailand is one such tour provider that is sure to make your excursions on the legendary Chao Phraya River an immense success.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.