Wat Sri Ubon Rattanaram

Ubon Ratchathani

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 see. Phra Kaew Butsarakham, as it's known, was reportedly brought here from Vientiane at Ubon's founding and is one of the city's holiest possessions. It sits behind glass high up the back wall, all but out of sight. The image directly in front of the largest Buddha is a copy and actual-sized replicas are for sale.

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1. Wat Sri Ubon Rattanaram Museum

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The temple has turned a beautiful old wooden săh·lah (hall) into a museum of religious items. The highlight is the collection of 18th-century đoô prá…

2. 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…

3. City Pillar Shrine

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

4. 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…

5. Candle Parade Statue


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

6. Wat Supattanaram

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Called Wat Supat for short, the unique bóht at this riverside temple, built between 1920 and 1936, features a Thai roof, European arches, a Khmer base and…

7. Monument of Merit

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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…

8. 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…