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.
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.
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!