Monastery of no sorrow, Soi Sukhaphiban 58, Tambon Thai Ban, Sukhumvit Road, Samut
Prakan 10280. Located 32 km south of Bangkok off Highway 3. Many city buses in Bangkok
( including air conditioned 7 and 8, and non-air conditioned 25, 142, 145 ) go to
Samut Prakan; from here you can take either of two local buses or a taxi six km farther
to the temple.
Some buses between Bangkok's Eastern ( Ekkamai ) Bus Terminal and Chonburi go via
Samut Prakan; ask to be let off at Wat Asokaram
( between KM 31 and 32 posts on Highway 3 ), then walk or take a samlor about one
km south. You can see the spires and multi tiered roof of the viharn from the highway.
Telephone : 0-2395-0003
As one of the province’s major temples, it has many spots of interest such as Phra
Thutangkhachedi ( Dhutangachedi ) which is a complex of 13 Chedi’s, and Wihan Wisuthithammarangsi,
a three storey building with four porches and a superstructure in the form of a Mondop.
Anapanasati is the main technique taught, though meditators are free to choose their
Discourses are given each evening. ( Meditation practice receives much emphasis in
the Dhamma talks.) Teachers are available for questions.
Teachers Ajahn Tong ( Phra Khru Suvandhamma chote ), abbot senior monks assistant
Phra Ajahn Bunku Anuvathano speaks good English . A few monks can speak English;
the abbot does not.
A temple built in ancient India by Emperor Asoka inspired the name of Wat Asokaram.
Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo ( 1906-1961), a disciple of Ajahn Mun, founded the temple in
1955. At the request of lay followers, the un cremated remains of Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo
have been kept in a coffin in the glassed in shrine area upstairs in the Viharn.
A ceremony dedicated to the former abbot attracts many people to the Wat on 24-26
April; teachers present discourses on mind training in the Ajahn Mun tradition.