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May 13, 2013

【Thai Temples】Wat Nong Krab

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History of Wat Nong Krab


Wat Nong Krab, located in Ban Khai District, Rayong Province, was built in 2328 BE (AD 1785) by the first abbot Phra Athikarn Klai.

A river flows through the rear of Wat Nong Krab, where the beautiful scenery of rice paddies and rubber plantations soothes people's mind.

The construction of Wat Nong Krab began in 2328 BE. The residential area for monks was built in 2332 BE, which was funded by a worshipper who walked through the rear of the temple, noticing the construction work, and donated money to Phra Athikarn Klai.

The worshipper donated not only capitals but also a 3-rai land behind the temple. "Rai" is a unit of area commonly used in Thailand, equal to 1,600 square metres (40 m × 40 m), used for measuring land area. The river flowing through the rear of the temple brought great convenience for local people in that daily commodities could be transported into Ban Khai District by river; therefore, residents living near the rear of the temple decided to donated another 3-rai land to the temple, whose total space amounted to 6 rais.

Picture: A disciple and assistant of Luang Phor Sakorn

In 2461 BE, the 8th abbot of Wat Nong Krab built a sala (Thai: ศาลาวัด) for holding ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, and ordinations.

In 2473 BE, a fire in the temple burned down ancient buildings and rosters of early donators.

Guide to Wat Nong Krab

The magnificent gate of the village where Wat Nong Krab is located

The building is for holding ceremonies like funerals, weddings, ordinations, etc.

The ubosoth (ordination hall)

A tower holds a bell and a drum

A building enshring Chinese earth god

The vihara bears the styles of both western architectures and Buddhist temples, and has a magnificent and beautiful exterior with many trees and flowers planted outside.

The monk showed on the above picture is a disciple and a competent assistant of Luang Phor Sakorn

A Buddha statue is seated in the center, while the black statue below is an abbot, departed. The gold statue on the right side is Luang Phor Tim, the teacher of Luang Phor Sakorn.

"Naga" often shows in pair and are guardians in Thailand.

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