Wat Si Sawang Kut Du
Nong Bua Lamphu Province
We decided to take an afternoon off recently from doing not much and head out to an eating place we enjoy called Noi’s Kitchen, run by a lovely English guy and his wife Greg and Noi.
As it’s only a 30 minute drive I did my usual thing and had a hunt around on Google Maps to see what else we could do in the afternoon to fill in the rest of the time. Often Maps is frustrating because often the standard of photos attached to the attractions available gives you NO idea as to whether that site is worth visiting. Two examples below:
Sometimes the image is so unhelpful that one wonders what the point was like this one. This is the only photo posted for this wat!
And sometimes the image is OK but it is of an aspect of the temple that seems irrelevant to a decision of whether to visit it or not. Maybe his dad built this area 🙂
Thankfully there was one temple that had a enough decent photos that were enough to raise my interest and as it was obly a 30 minute drive from Noi’s Kitchen we decided to have a look-see.
The entrance to Wat Si Sawang Kut Du with Buddha statues lining both sides of the road.
Not just statues but the ‘gravestones’ of local people who will have some of thier bones and ashes stored in the base.
This timber bell/gong tower building is located to the right of the main entrance.
Nicely set out with lots of bells and a huge wooden gong.
Gaun ringing the bell!
These large drums are called klong here. There’s a well known local temple that actually incorporates this in its name; Wat Tham Klong Pen HERE
A carved timber boat and Buddha.
The full timber structure of the gong building.
This is another timber building towards the back of the temple compound. It is a museum of sorts, which in Thailand often means a lot of old stuff piled into broad categories.
All sorts of treasures in the museum including many of these varnished tree trunks.
Next to the museum is this monk ordination hall.
And next to it a rather unique round Buddha hall built from stones.
The usual mix of concrete animals outside!
Inside the hall is the main Buddha shrine surrounded by small statues.
More of these lovely Buddhas are scattered throughout the grounds.
These are a collection of small Buddhas. Come Songkran (the Thai New Year festival in April) these will be taken out and made available to be washed as part of the cleansing ritual of the this lovely and fun event.
So there you have Wat Si Sawang Kut Du. In the unlikely situation you are in the area make sure you pop in. Although it isn’t a super memorable wat, it has enough unusual features to make it worth the stopover and as always in this part of the world you will be the only people there.