Phu Khae Botanical Garden Established in 1941 as the first Royal Forest Department
Botanical garden ever, it sprawls over an area of 300 ha of which 100 ha is natural
vegetation and forest. It also features a literary garden, comprising 35 species
of plants which are mentioned in Thai literature. It also contains a medicinal garden.
This Botanical Garden is located in Phu Khae district, 17 kilometres from town along
Saraburi-Lop Buri route (Phahonyothin Road). It collects various kinds of plants
and breeding. The vast expanse of garden and the flowing stream are suitable places
relaxation. The garden is open daily from 08.00-18.00.
Tham Si Wilai A cave in which resides the Phra Phutthanaowarat Buddha image from
the Chiang Saen period. The cave also features stalagmites and stalactites.
Sao Ronghai A gigantic post made from a hardwood tree known as Takhian, which is
believed to possess a female spirit called Takhian Thong. This post was submerged
under water at this sub-district for more than 100 years until in 1958, the locals
brought it out of the water and kept it in the shrine.
The Golden Buddha Image A Buddha image in the meditation posture. The Fine Arts
Department examined it and analysed that it is 70% gold. Therefore, the locals named
it Luangpho Thongkham, the Golden Buddha image.
Wat Phayao is located on the bank of the Pa Sak River, Mu 1, Tambon Sala Rithai.
At the back of the temple is the Pak Bang – Saraburi Road, passing by the golden
Buddha image of the Ayutthaya period. The image originally resided at a deserted
temple in Uthai District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. Later, King Rama I the Great
ordered to take it to reside as the principal Buddha image of Saraburi. The golden
Buddha image is the most revered by the people of Saraburi.
This golden Buddha image of Wat Phayao is considered as one of the major sculptures
of Ayutthaya period. It is believed to have been constructed during the reign of
either Somdet Phra Borommatrailokkanat or Somdet Phra Ramathibodi II. Also, it is
believed that the casting of the Buddha image from liquid gold into a gigantic one
cannot be done by normal human beings. Only a king who possesses royal charisma would
have been able to have constructed a Buddha image like this.The golden Buddha image
of Wat Phayao processes fine characteristics of proportionate body and elegance,
sitting in the meditation posture presenting courage and strength. The believers
built a wihan with a cruciform plan as a residence for the Buddha image to enhance
its dignity and honour to the people of Saraburi.To get there: Take the Saraburi
– Ban Yang Route and turn right at the opposite site of the Pa Sak River Bridge and
proceed further for 100 metres. The overall distance from Mueang district of Saraburi
is about nine kilometres.