Wat Maha Wanaram

Ubon Ratchathani

Also known as Wat Pa Yai, the 'Large Forest Temple' (from long ago when Ubon was just a small town and this area lay beyond the city limits), this is one of Ubon's busiest temples. The large wí·hăhn here has a giant white tile roof with a tall gold spire (illuminated at night) and the usual naga trim. The exterior walls are covered in carved sandstone.

In front are five scenes from the Buddha's life (birth, enlightenment, first sermon, spontaneous gathering of monks, and death) and the back pediment includes a scene of constructing this building.

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1. Wat Jaeng

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2. Wat Thung Si Meuang

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3. Monument of Merit

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4. Candle Parade Statue

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This 22m-tall statue at the centre of Thung Si Meuang park shows a Candle Parade float come to life with many accompanying deities.

5. Thung Si Meuang

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6. City Pillar Shrine


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7. Wat Tai


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.

8. Ubon Ratchathani National Museum

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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…