Chedi Phuttakhaya

Buddhist Temple in Sangkhlaburi

This striking stupa rises 59m high; it's 600m southeast of Wat Wang Wiwekaram. Constructed in the style of the Mahabodhi chedi (Buddhist stupa) in Bodhgaya, India, its gold-painted, art deco-like surface is full of niches holding little Buddha images. Two relics of the Buddha's thumb are enshrined within.

Two mighty lion statues flank the entrance; go inside for lovely views of the reservoir, then descend to browse traditional fabrics and souvenirs at the temple market beneath an unusual bell tower.