Monday, 27 April 2009

Wat Chang Hai Rat Buranaram

This monastery is at Ban Pa Rai, Tambon Tung Pala, close to the railway (Hat Yai - Sungai Kolok route) between Na Pradu and Pa Rai Stations. It is located about 31 kilometres from Pattani town.

This old monastery was built for more than 300 years, with the sculpture of Luang Pu Tuad, once an abbot of the temple. Also, the architecture of stupa, chedi, temple, and bell tower are magnificently beautiful.

Luang Pu Thuat, Wat Chang Hai, being respected by people all over the country, Luang Pu Thuat was an educational monk. It was told that he was able to turn sea water into fresh water. The history shows that Luang Po Tuad, who was respected by the southern people, came to visit and stays before his death in Malaysia. His remain was brought, burned and cremated at Wat Chang Hai, soon after the people built a stupa to place his cremated bone at Wat Chang Hai.

The annual festival to pay respect to his bone and ashes is in April. At Wat Chang Hai, visitors can pay respect during 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

By Train - Express and rapid train services from Bangkok to Pattani province. Tourist who want to visit Pattani, get off the train at Khok Pho Railway Station.

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