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Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan  

is located in the Municipality of Mueang Chachoengsao by the Bang Pakong River. Initially, it was named Wat Hong, which was built in the late Ayutthaya period. The temple enshrines Luangpho Phuttha Sothon, the Buddha image of Chachoengsao province which is revered by the people of Chachoengsao. This sacred Buddha image is believed to bring in an abundance of fruit and food, as well as expel illness. Built by a Lan Chang craftsman, the 1.98 metre-high stucco image of Buddha is in the posture of meditation, with a lap width of 1.65 metre.


According to history, the Buddha image magically floated up the river and was invited to be enshrined in this temple around 1770 in the early Thon Buri period. Initially, it was a bronze image in the posture of meditation, with a lap width of more than one Sok ( Thai measurement equivalent to 50 cm ). It had a very beautiful shape.


The monks were afraid that the image might be stolen, they, therefore, decided to cover the image with mortar. The covered image is the present appearance visitors can see. Nowadays, many people from all walks of life come to pay  homage to and cover the image with gold leaf.


I visited Chachoengsao Province in June 2010, first port of call was this Temple, it was amazing to see a whole community surrounding this Temple’s grounds, selling all manner of artefacts associated with religion. There was a section that had Thai traditional dancing and the dancers were dressed in Thai costumes as you can see from the pictures

Chachoengsao Province page 16, Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan
Chachoengsao Province page 16, Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan
Chachoengsao Province page 16, Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan
Chachoengsao Province page 16, Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan
Chachoengsao Province page 16, Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan