If you have been driving along Route 4 from Phuket to Krabi or vice versa, you couldn’t have missed the huge black monk statue facing the highway in Phang Nga province. The statue depicts Phor Than Klai, one of the most famous guru monks of his generation (1876-1970).
The monk statue sits in the temple of Wat Manee Sri Mahathat in Takua Thung, Phang Nga province. We have passed this temple many times before, but this day we decided to stop and take a look.
According to the legend, whatever the monk predicted turned out to be true – which was why he was known as “Golden Mouth.” His mummified body is on display at the temple of Wat That Noi in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
It’s a lovely place with all kinds of trees around the temple, but we couldn’t see any other visitors (even though there was a pickup parked in front of the temple).
Phor Than Klai was a favorite monk of the King and died at the age of 94.