Wat Wang Wiwekaram

Buddhist Temple in Sangkhlaburi

Poking out of the forest on the south side of Saphan Mon, this temple is the spiritual centre of Thailand's Mon people. The temple was established by Luang Phaw Uttama (1910–2006); the wí·hăhn (sanctuary) with three richly decorated green-and-yellow towers is a shrine to this highly respected monk, whose body is inside.

Born in Myanmar, Luang Phaw Uttama fled to Thailand in 1949 to escape the civil war and became a cornerstone of the Mon community in both countries, as well as a noted Buddhist leader in Thailand.

Take time to amble through the temple complex's covered walkways with colourful thatched ceilings.