Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Khon Kaen

Wat Nong Wang

Down at the south end of the lake, Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon, the stunning stupa at the heart of this important temple, is Khon Kaen's one must-see. It features enlightening murals depicting Isan culture, various hi…
Buddhist Temple in Khon Kaen

Wat Pho Ban Nontan

Just off the lake, this peaceful tree-filled temple and noted meditation centre predates the city and has a săh·lah like no other in Thailand. The ground floor is covered with ingeniously sculpted trees, animals and…
Buddhist Temple in Khon Kaen

Wat Pa Thama Uthayan

This peaceful temple, 10km north of the city, has many beautiful monuments, including a 23m-tall white walking Buddha image, spread across its vast grounds. It has become a well-known meditation centre. Take sŏrng·t…
Museum in Khon Kaen

Khon Kaen National Museum

This interesting collection of artefacts spans prehistoric times to the present. Highlights are Ban Chiang pottery and a beautiful Dvaravati săir·mah (temple boundary marker) depicting Princess Pimpa cleaning Lord B…
Notable Building in Khon Kaen

Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon

Down at the south end of the lake is Khon Kaen’s one must-see, Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon, a gorgeous nine-storey chedi at the heart of Wat Nong Wang. Inside you’ll find enlightening murals depicting Khon Kaen histor…
Gallery in Khon Kaen

Art & Culture Museum

Khon Kaen's leading arts showcase is this two-storey gallery at Khon Kaen University that features monthly installations of mostly professional artists. While open every day, it does close down regularly for a day o…
Market in Khon Kaen

Rim Bueng Market

This fun little market, in the shadow of Wat That, features food, secondhand clothing and paint-your-own pottery stalls. During the day there are paddleboats (40B per half-hour after 5pm, 50B for any length of time …
Temple in Khon Kaen

Sanjao Bueng Tao Gong Ma

Sometimes called Sanjao Bueng Kaen Nakhon, this is Khon Kaen's biggest and most beautiful Chinese temple. There's a large Guan-Im (Chinese Goddess of Mercy) statue in the park across the street.
Buddhist Temple in Khon Kaen

Wat That

This old temple has a soaring bóht and chedi. The latter, built in 1789, is surrounded by a cloister featuring many Buddha images and you can go inside.
Museum in Khon Kaen

Hong Moon Mung

Inside the amphitheatre, this excellent museum about Khon Kaen provides a good introduction to Isan with dioramas and displays going back to the Jurassic period.