Wat Thung Si Meuang

Ubon Ratchathani

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 on stilts in the middle of a pond to protect the precious scriptures (written on palm-leaf paper) from termites. It's kept open so you can look inside. The original murals in the little bòht beside the hŏr đrai show life in that era and are in remarkably good condition.

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1. 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…

2. 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…

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. 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. Ubon Ratchathani National Museum

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