Of the many temples in Udon Thani, Wat Phothisomphon can easily be considered as the most spectacular of them all. The temple compound is home to about 20 buildings in total, and is rather impressive, and certainly worth a visit just to see the construction alone.
The Wat Phothisomphon temple is located on Pho Si Road in UdonThani, and was built during the late reign of King Rama V. Atnthis time, Maha Ammat Tri Phraya Sisuriyaratchawaranuwat (or Phothi Netiphothi), the Lord Lieutenant of the Udon Circle persuaded the villagers of Mak Khaeng (Udon Thani) to build the temple. It was commonly called 'Wat Mai' then later Phra Chao Worawongthoe Krommaluang Chinnawonsiriwat. The Supreme Patriarch Wat Ratchabophitsathitmahasimaram, then named the temple as 'Wat Phothisomphon,' in commemoration of Phraya Sisuriyaratchawaranuwat, who was the builder of the temple. Inside, you can find a museum of revered monks famous for meditation.
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