Chonburi Province,places of Interest around the province
Wihan Thep Sathit Phra Kitti Chaloem or Nacha Sa Thai Chue Shrine - is in Ang Sila
sub-district, covering an area of four rai. It is a Chinese shrine, beautifully and
gigantically constructed by the Dharma Rasami Maneerat Foundation along the seaside
road from Ang Sila to Khao Sam Muk. It is a 4-storey building decorated in the extraordinary
Chinese architectural art and housing various Chinese deity images such as Nacha
Sa Thai Chue God and 1000-handed Bodhisattva Kwan Yin image, etc. Walking to the
upper levels, the splendid beach scenery can be witnessed. It is open daily from
Monday to Friday at 8 AM-5 PM. On Saturday, it is open until 6 PM, while until 8
PM on Sunday. For more information, contact Tel. 0 3839 8381-4, 0 3839 8399.
Wat Khao Phra Phutthabat Bang Sai - is on the left side of Sukhumvit Road a slightly
before Mueang Chon Buri. Originally, there was an ancient Ayutthayan temple at the
foot of the hill but it was later ruined. Later, Phraya Phichitchonlakhet, the administrator
of Mueang Chon Buri had Wat Phra Phutthabat Bang Sai re-constructed during the reign
of King Rama V. Inside the Mondop–a square building with a crown-like cupola- resides
the Buddha’s footprint. Moreover, there is a small building on the summit of the
mountain housing a Buddha image in the reclining posture. At the foot of the hill,
there are many constructions in European style of the King Rama V period. From the
end of the fourth lunar month to the second day of the fifth month during the period
of the waxing moon, there is a tradition, that people will proceed up the hill to
pay respect to the Buddha’s footprint. Moreover, there is a Takbat Thewo, alms-giving
ceremony at the end of the Buddhist Lent.
Wat Yai Inthraram - Located on Chet Chamnong Road, Mueang Chon Buri, it is an ancient
and significant temple of Mueang Chon Buri, influenced by the late Ayutthayan architectural
style. The Ubosot was built in its Gunwale Curve base and inside displays very beautiful
mural paintings. Above the windows’ edges are the pictures of the gathering of angels.
On both of the side walls are paintings depicting the Thotsachat, or the Ten Births
(Jatakas) of the Lord Buddha, and the story of Prince Vessantara. Moreover, there
is a wooden tri-facade pavilion, where a bronze-cast bejewelled Buddha image called
Luangpho Choei resides.