Wat Khun Inthapramun in Ang Thong

Wat Khun Inthapramun in Ang Thong, largest reclining Buddha in Thailand

Wat Khun Inthapramun (วัดขุนอินทประมูล) is the largest and longest reclining Buddha of Thailand. Also known as Wat Khun In Pramun, it is a Buddhist temple complex in the province of Ang Thong in central Thailand. The temple is located in the middle of rice fields, about eleven kilometers north-west of the provincial capital Ang Thong in the southern part of the Pho Thong district.

The main attraction of the temple is the huge white reclining Buddha statue called Luang Phor Khao, with a length of 50 meters.

Wat Khun Inthapramun was built during the Sukhothai era, and since that time, was a revered place visited by monarchs like King Borommakot in 1753, King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in 1878 and 1908, and King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) in 1973 and 1975. Wat Khun Inthapramun must originally have been very large, considering the remains of the brick walls around the site. The walls and remains of the columns of the Viharn are still visible today.

Wat Khun Inthapramun is also famous for a legend. Khun Inthapramun was the name of a nobleman employed as royal tax collector. He misappropriated taxes to renovate the statue of the reclining Buddha to enlarge it from the original 40 meters in length. Being discovered was sentenced to death and his remains buried there. But this is just a legend.

The ruins of a Chedi from the Ayutthaya period stand out behind the temple premises.

-Thailand News (TN)


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