Wat Klang

Ubon Ratchathani

This old riverside temple, founded in 1793 around the same time as the establishment of the city, has a pair of noteworthy buildings. Most eye-catching is a large modern wooden wí·hăhn built to house the Pra Bot Buddha, one of Ubon's holiest. The adjacent bòht has a unique modern design that despite containing most of the typical Thai traits, does not feel in any way like a Thai temple building.

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Nearby Ubon Ratchathani attractions

1. Wat Tai

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The myriad sculptures covering the grounds of Wat Tai comprise a fairly complete 'who's who' of Thai deities and make it a fun place to visit.

2. Wat Thung Si Meuang

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Built during the reign of Rama III (1824–51), Wat Thung Si Meuang has a classic hŏr đrai (Tripitaka hall) in excellent shape. Like many hŏr đrai, it rests…

3. Ubon Ratchathani National Museum


Occupying the former city hall (built in 1918), this is a very informative museum with plenty on show, from Dvaravati-era Buddhas and 2000-year-old Dong…

4. City Pillar Shrine

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Ubon's completely ordinary city pillar shrine is at the south end of Thung Si Meuang park.

5. Hat Wat Tai

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Locals flock to this island beach in Mae Nam Mun during the hot, dry months from February to May when the sand rises out of the receding river. A cool…

6. Thung Si Meuang

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The centrepiece of this city-centre park is a huge concrete Candle Parade statue. The humble brick obelisk in the northeast corner of Thung Si Meuang park…

7. Wat Sri Ubon Rattanaram


The bòht at this important temple was built to resemble Bangkok's Wat Benchamabophit, but it's the 7cm-tall topaz Buddha inside that most Thais come to…

8. Monument of Merit


This humble brick obelisk in the northeast corner of Thung Si Meuang park was erected by former WWII allied-forces POWs in gratitude for the secret…