ANG THONG

ANG THONG

Ang Thong is a small province in central Thailand, located a little over 100 kilometers North of Bangkok. The province is mostly rural with many of its inhabitants employed in rice farming. Thailand’s largest river, the Chao Phraya, passes through Ang Thong on its way to the Gulf of Thailand.

Highlight is Wat Muang, largest sitting Buddha image in Thailand

The Wat Muang houses the largest sitting Buddha image in Thailand measuring 84 meters tall, 92 meters including the pedestal. Surrounded by paddy fields the massive image, known as “Big Buddha of Ang Thong” dominates the area. The image, made of cement and painted in gold color was completed in 2008.

The temple’s ordination hall which is surrounded by huge lotus petals enshrines a highly revered silver image of the Buddha in the subduing Mara position.

Also on the temple grounds is a very graphic diorama of Buddhist Hell, where life-size figures of sinners are seen receiving punishments, like liars who get their tongues torn out, thieves being cut in half and people being tortured by demons.