Wat Mai Souwannaphummaham
Built in 1796, Wat Mai (New Monastery) was given its present name following the restoration undertaken in 1821 by King Manthathourath. Notice the 4-tiered roof when visiting the temple, as well as the scenes from daily life and the legend of Vessantara on the bas-relief walls.
Open daily 08:00am – 17:00pm
Wat Mai Souwannaphummaham is located on the main street, just about 5 minutes walk from the city center before the National Museum.
Do's and Don'ts
- Cover yourself from shoulders to knees, take off hats and shoes.
- Respect the monks and novices. Women are not allowed to touch them.
- Do not show affection publicly.
- Refuse any antiques or you will be fined.
Others in Buddhism
It can’t compete with other temples in town when it comes to history, but Wat Paphonphao wins points for being a visual spectacle that sits above the city centre, glowing golden all day long.