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Wat Pa Mok Worawihan  Is located in municipal Tambon Pa Mok on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River about 18 kilometres away from Amphoe Mueang.  Take Highway No. 309 (Ang Thong Ayutthaya route) at Km 40, then take Highway No. 329 and 3501 to find a sign to Wat Pa Mok.  In the temple compound, there is a beautiful gilded reclining Buddha made of brick, and plaster.  The image is 22.58 meters from the topknot to the feet.  It is assumed to have been constructed in the Sukhothai period.  Legend of this Buddha image was that he floated along the river and sank in front of this temple.  People offered sacrifices to the Buddha image before pulling him from the river to house on the riverbank.

In the royal chronicle, it is  mentioned  that before leading his army to attack Phra Maha Upparacha,

King Naresuan the Great stopped at this temple to  gather his troops and  paid homage to the image.

Due to the  erosion on the riverbank near wihan, King Sisanphet III commanded Phraya Ratchasong

- khram to lead the Removal of Buddha image from the riverbank. King Thai Sa controlled this removal

and invited the Buddha image to enshrine in the new wihan in Wat Talad, 168 meters away from the

river. Later the King commanded to merge Wat Talad and Wat Chipakhao into one temple and renamed

as Wat Pa Mok due to the abundance of Wrightia religiosa ( Mok ) trees all around.  Besides the reclining Buddha, this temple is famous for wihan Khian, where the wall confronting to the river has a tall stand formerly used by the King, mondop of 4-foot prints, and tower of monastic library, etc.

Aquarium Is near the intersection in front of Ang Thong Provincial Prison.  Here you can find a lot of huge Amazon serpent-headed fish and other native fish like rad ( gouramy ), sawai ( genus Pangasius ), thepo ( genus Pangasius ).

Drum - Making Village  Is located in Tambon Ekkarat, behind Pa Mok market on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Take the inner road passing Amphoe Pa Mok Municipality Office running parallel to the irrigation canal for about 17 kilometres.  From time to time, drum shops can be found on both sides of the road. People of

Ban Phae have begun producing drums since 1927 after the harvesting season. The raw materials

used are cowhide and rain tree wood because its texture is soft and able to be dug easily. We can

observe drum-making procedures starting from lathing wood, laying  cowhide sheet, and  embedding

pins.  We can find  sophisticated and magnificent drums here in various sizes, good for souvenirs.

If you go passing the Tambon chief's ( Hongfah Yodyoi ) house, you will find the largest drum in the

world of 3692 cm wide and 7.6 metres long, made of six pieces of connecting Albizzia lebbek. It was

built in 1994 and taken about one year to complete.

Ang Thong Province Page 8, Wat Pa Mok Worawihan, The Aquarium and The drum making village

Ang Thong Province, Wat Pa Mok Worawihan, The Aquarium and The drum making village

Ang Thong Province Page 7,  Wat Khun Inthapramun and Wat Yang