The Impressive Soon-To-Be-Ready Pagoda of Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol in Krabi

Wat Bang Thong is a temple complex in Ao Luek, Krabi, a few kilometers from Phang Nga with a new temple/pagoda called Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol under development. This Putthakaya-style temple is said to be one of the highest golden pagodas in Thailand, but there is very little information out there on the internet. When we drove from Phuket to Krabi not too long ago, we decided to stop by and check it out.

Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol in Krabi

According to a Thai-speaking man on Youtube, the pagoda is 109 meters tall, but I’m not too sure about that — it looks more like 70-80 meters. Nevertheless, it’s an impressive piece of building so different from other temples I’ve seen in Thailand.

Inside Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol

The inside offers stunning artwork with a Buddha statue sitting in the center with the animals of the Thai lunar calendar decorated around.

My wife was born in the year of the dragon, the fifth of the 12-year cycle.

A man painting the wall.

Guardians surrounding the temple.

The temple is located inside a walled rectangular-shaped area of 12.750 m2 with entrances on each side and golden Buddha statues all the way around.

My wife and her parents.

Birds circling the pagoda, perhaps building small nests in the decorative holes of the facade.

Entrance on the west side.

Wife and parents doing some praying in front of Luang Pu Thuad and the king cobra that spat out the magical crystal ball on him as a baby. The statue sits at Wat Bang Thong next to the new Pagoda.

The well-told story about Luang Pu Thuad.

The pagoda with the limestone mountains in the background as viewed from outside the walled area. How tall do you think it is?

Update: We went back in March 2019 (picture above) and it is absolutely gorgeous!


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5 thoughts on “The Impressive Soon-To-Be-Ready Pagoda of Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol in Krabi

  1. Gerard January 20, 2019 / 10:18 am

    Just came back from it. They still continue working, and changes are coming fast! On weekends busloads with Thai people come to visit: organised by villagers, bring a monk with them. Many from area Nakhon Sitamarat. Interesting to see that families donate the robe and go around the main Buddha statue after praying with one of the available monks. On this Sunday we saw every 15 minutes new groups , maybe 10 at the time, going around with the orange robes/cloth.

    My guess would be 75 meter?

    There is a story that it is build for the new king Rama 10, partly donated by the father of the kings former wife.
    I would like to learn more about this temple. If I find out, will tell here. (I live nearby in Manora Garden, Phangnga.)

    Worth the visit: 30 minutes from Phangnga or Ao Luk, 1 hour /1:15 from Krabi Ao Nang. A car is best, enough parking possibilities, good coffeeshop/snacks, very clean area. Since the main construction work is all finished, very easy to take beautiful pictures!

    • Anders January 20, 2019 / 10:33 am

      That’s amazing, Gerard! Thanks for sharing, and please come back if you find out more.

  2. Gerard Meeuwsen April 18, 2019 / 2:46 pm

    Just to let you know that they work/paint fast! I think I need to go there every few months…

    -Main construction building has been painted from outside.
    -New toilet buildings.
    -Extending and developing the ‘outside gardens’ and creating more parking spaces.

    In weekends can be very crowded. Entrance fee for tourists 50 baht.

    • Anders April 18, 2019 / 5:06 pm

      Hi Gerard! Yes, we went back last month and it looks really good! Thanks for the update about what’s going on.

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