Wat Somdet

Kanchanaburi Province

A gold flash of Wat Somdet's large reclining Buddha, on the main road into town, might well be the first thing you glimpse in Sangkhlaburi. While the themes are the same as elsewhere in Thailand, the artistic style is very local.

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