Temples of Thailand - a photographic journey
Bangkok Area Provinces: Central North North-East West South East
Wat Huay Mongkhon
Wat Huay Mongkhon is located to the west of Hua Hin where the mountains and border country with Myanmar starts. It is a very busy temple and worshippers come from far away to pay respect to the huge statue of Luang Pho Tuad. It is supposedly the largest statue of it's kind and represents Somdet Phako or formerly called Poo, whose birthdate is assumed to have been around A.D.1582 or 1588 (B.E.2125 or 2131). Luang Poh Tuad is an important Buddha for the people of the south that is linked to supernatural powers of turning salt water into fresh water by soaking his leg into the sea. His Majesty the King visited the temple many times and the Royal Initial of Her Majesty the Queen is installed in the front of the statue.