Unique Buddha and “the temple of caramel popcorn” in Wat Pa Lelai Worawihan (Suphanburi, Thailand)

We cannot say that we were very excited about our adventures in Suphanburi because temples in Thailand became something very usual for us. We did not plan anything in advance and decided to leisurely explore the temples. Unexpectedly for ourselves, we realized that although we had seen hundreds of temples, new finds are still capable of surprising us.

After a little investigation, we went to one of the most famous temples in the city – Wat Pa Lelai Worawihan. The territory of this temple is huge, here you can eat, buy drinks and, of course, enjoy the incredible architecture. There are several different structures here that we were delighted with. But let’s look at all in order.

Many sources write that this temple is over 1200 years old! Besides age, his other characteristic is the seated Buddha. The fact is that in most temples Buddha sits in the lotus position, but in Wat Pa Lelai Worawihan he is depicted sitting on a chair.

There was a period in the history of the temple when buildings and statues of Buddha were destroyed, but this place became a favorite for King Mongkut (Rama IV), who not only restored Wat Pa Lelai Worawihan but also made it one of the most important in the region.

There are so many different things on the territory and this place is popular among the local residents. Most come to pray at the temple, while others simply wandered in search of food or local drinks. We saw a variety of local snacks, beverages, souvenirs, and lots of cool handicrafts.

A new building for prayers is being built on the territory of the temple, which surprised us the most. The architecture of the temple is very original. We jokingly nicknamed this building “the temple of caramel popcorn” because of its unusual yellow color. We loved it here a lot because there was no one around except a monk and a cat. We even did one of the traditional Buddhist blessing ceremonies for Aon’s birthday.⁣

Despite the fact that most have not even heard of the city of Suphanburi, we were completely delighted with the local calm rhythm of the city. We hope our journey inspires you and your friends to explore something simple yet fun.

📍 Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Fq3yxkoiBgqMAxGfA
🏠 Address: 321 Malaiman Rd, Rua Yai, Mueang Suphan Buri District, Suphan Buri 72000
🕒 Hours: 8 AM – 6 PM

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