By Daniel Herron
For those who seek adventure off the beaten path the Crystal Temple Wat Tha Sung is well worth the trip north of Bangkok in the city of Uthai Thani.
You travel up-country through the lush green rice fields past the ancient city of Ayutthaya with it’s impressive ruins, definitely worth a stop to check out and snap a few photo’s.
Once arriving at the temple you’ll walk inside and be breathtaken in awe at the massive size of the room with columns reach up to the high ceiling all covered in mirrors. It feels like a Hollywood set.
This is also called the diamond temple and is the most beautiful temples I have ever seen.
It was formerly called “Wat Chan” which is the name of an abbot. Wat Chantharam later was abandoned until 1789 when the monk Luang Pho Yai came here. Villagers asked him to become the abbot of the temple and he renovated it. The first location of the temple was on the bank of Sakae Krang River. The artifact of the place is a pulpit built by Luang Pho Yai that is opposite the temple. More buildings were later added by the monk Phra Ratchaphrom Yan Nen (Luang Pho Ruesi Ling Dam). The new convocation hall is beautiful with an ornately decorated interior. The inner windows and doors have pictures of angels. His Majesty the King presided over a ceremony to officially open the building. Surrounding the building is a traditional columned wall. Images of Luang Pho Pan and Luang Pho Yai 3 times the actual size is at the corner of the front wall. Furthermore, the new site has a wide area as well as many pavilions with accommodation for meditation.
Next to the Crystal Temple is the Golden Castle or Prasat Thong-kam, as it is located on walking distance. It’s a beauty as well, but not as popular as Wat tha sung.
If you are in Bangkok you might just check with a local travel agency to find out about tours up to the site or even to arrange one with a local van compaly.
Wat Tha Sung & The Golden Castel/ Golden Palace or Prasat Thong Kham is open for visitors from 8:00am – 4:00pm
There’s no entrance fee.