USD

Wat Huay Mongkol

Khao Takiab Attractions

This Buddhist temple is home to the world’s largest statue of Luang Phor Thuad, a legendary southern Thai monk revered for his enlightenment and ability to perform miracles. Many believe that the amulets created in his image guarantee safety in times of distress. The statue, set within a park-like setting that attracts many visitors each weekend, was commissioned by HM Queen Sirikit and is the first thing you see when approaching Hua Hin from Highway 4 (heading to Prachuab Kirikhand). Sitting in the meditation pose, it looms overhead once you arrive on the worship ground.

Read More

Who is Luang Phor Thuad?

Lang Phor Thuad was born in the late Ayutthaya period, in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Like the stories about the fall of Ayutthaya, Luang Phor Thuad’s story is imbued with legends and myths. The most famous story is about the miracle he performed while on a boat journey from Thailand’s south to Ayutthaya, during which he turned seawater into fresh drinking water, saving the entire crew from dehydration. Other miraculous stories recount how he helped avert fatal accidents or fire.

Wat Huay Mongkol

What Else to See at Wat Huay Mongkol?
Surrounding the statue is a Thai-style pavilion dedicated to the spirits of teak trees, behind which you will see an enormous fallen teak tree believed to have magical powers. Worshippers gather here, pray with incense sticks and ask for their wishes to be fulfilled. This is partly the animist belief in nature as the guardian spirit; every tree, rock, plant, river, mountain, and basically every piece of nature, is supposedly protected by its own guardian spirit who has the power to grant wishes or evoke disasters (should you intentionally damage it).

There’s also a small elephant sanctuary, a lake and sunflower fields (in January) on the same ground. It’s a good idea to combine your temple visit with Pa La-U Waterfall, which is further down Highway 3218.

Wat Huay Mongkol Hua Hin

  • Opening Hours: 05:00 – 22:00
  • Location: From Phetkasem Road (Highway 4, heading to Prachaub Kirikhand), take Highway 3218 and continue about 15km.
  • Tel: +66 (0)32 576 187, +66 (0)32 576 297
Hide Map Show Map
Rate This Place: ( votes)

Tours You May Like

Related Pages

  • Getting to Hua Hin

    How to Get to Hua Hin

    Reaching Hua Hin, Cha-Am and Pranburi from Bangkok is easy. Taxis, limousines and vans are available. There's also a Read More»

  • Pranburi Attractions

    Pranburi Attractions

    Pranburi is a world unto itself, with a picturesque beachfront and a pristine backdrop of verdant forests. Most Read More»

  • 10 Best Hotel Discounts in Cha Am

    If you plan a holiday in this family-friendly beachside resort town, you surely want to find a quality accommodation at Read More»

  • All Cha-Am Hotels

    All Cha-Am Hotels

    This A-Z list of Cha-Am’s complete accommodation options will quickly help you to short-list the places that sound like Read More»

  • Maruekathaiyawan Palace

    Maruekathaiyawan Palace

    Like many buildings in Hua Hin, this Thai-Victorian style summer seaside palace was constructed in the early 1920s Read More»

  • Top 10 Romantic Hotels in Hua Hin

    Top 10 Romantic Hotels in Hua Hin

    This list of the Top 10 Romantic Hotels in Hua Hin will help you find the right place for your trip. Compiled from Read More»

You May Also Like

Hua Hin Train Station

Hua Hin Train Station

Built during the reign of King Rama VI, and only a short distance from the centre of town, Hua Hin's railway station and Read More...

Hua Hin Fishing Pier

Hua Hin Fishing Pier

Hua Hin Fishing Pier is a popular recreational spot & a viewpoint for watching an ocean sunrise or taking in Read More...

Cicada Market

Cicada Market

Cicada Market is all about art, handmade crafts and good times. With an open-air market concept, it brings together Hua Read More...

We try to provide free information that is as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, if you are planning to travel it's a good idea to double check specific dates and information to avoid surprises.

Hotels.com
Loading...