Lak Meuang (City Pillar Shrine)

Udon Thani

Udon's city pillar is guarded by an impressive and fearsome-looking yaksa (giant) and protected by an ugly plastic case. The Chinese săh·lah alongside it is where the Pu-Ya statues reside during the Thung Si Meuang Fair.

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Nearby Udon Thani attractions

1. Nong Prajak Park

0.34 MILES

Udon's most popular park starts to rev up as the afternoon winds down. It's home to colourful attractions such as a giant Ban Chiang–style pot and a huge…

2. Udon Thani Museum

0.38 MILES

Filling a 1920s colonial-style building that used to be a girls' school, this museum has a fairly interesting catch-all collection ranging from geology to…

3. Clock Tower

0.56 MILES

Udon's digital clock tower stands in the centre of a roundabout and is a useful landmark.

4. Wat Phothisomphon

0.56 MILES

The centrepiece of this historic temple, founded during the reign of King Rama V, is a modern gold-and-grey chedi built to honour several revered monks…

5. Fountain

0.75 MILES

This fountain, only turned on in the late afternoon and early evening, lies at the centre of one of Udon's biggest roundabouts.

6. Prince Prajak Monument

0.99 MILES

Udon Thani was founded by Prince Prajak, brother of King Rama V, and his name is attached to many spots in town, most notablly Nong Prajak Park. Many of…

8. Udon Sunshine Orchid Farm


The Udon Sunshine Orchid Farm, just northwest of town, earned fame for producing the first orchid-based perfume. It has since developed a hybrid of…