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05 Must See Temples in Khon Kaen – Traditional Beauty Amongst Modern Vibes

The capital of Isan Province, Khon Kaen is home to the largest university in the North-east. A vibrant hub, the place is a treat to explore, especially with its many vintage temples.


Phra That Kham Kaen

Located in the Mueang District this temple is one of the most important for the people of Khon Kaen. The temples annual festival takes place on the full moon day of the 6th month in the lunar calendar. Phra That is located in the same area as Wat Chetiyaphum. The temples name translates to Tamarind Heartwood and has an interesting mythology behind it all. Located about 12kms from downtown Khon Kaen the temple is just over a 30-minute drive for guests at AVANI Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre. It is open daily from 8.30 am to 4 pm and is a must visit.


Wat Nong Waeng

The most iconic attraction within Wat Nong Waeng is the 'Nine Story Chedi'. It was constructed in commemoration of the late King Bhumibol's 50th year coronation anniversary, as well as, the towns 200th year anniversary since it was founded. This is considered a royal temple that is entrusted with relics of the Lord Buddha. The temple is open daily from 8 am to 9 pm; a visit to it is one of the most popular things to do in Khon Kaen.


Wat Chai Si

Culture buffs will love this temple, inlaid with a number of beautiful wall murals. The paintings adorn the interior and exterior of the ordination hall; the paintings were done by folk artisan Thong Thipcha. The walls which are constructed from brick are covered with lime which in turn is painted over with depictions of the Buddha's many lives, punishments awaiting sinners in hell as well as, drawings of local traditions. In 1993 the roof was extended to protect the treasured paintings from the elements. Wat Chai Si is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.


Wat Pa Saen Arun

This is one of the Isan Provinces most iconic attractions. The place is a huge tourist lure and is indeed beautiful. The Wat stands as an example to future generations on the intricacies of traditional Thai architecture; the structure truly is unique and well worth observing. Within are mythical statues that represent animals such as the Gajasinha, a mythical creature with the body of a lion and trunks and tusks of an elephant.


Wat Machim Wittayaram

This temple is also called Wat Ban Lan, as it is located in the sub-district of Ban Lan. The temple is home to some well-preserved paintings that showcase styles of early artistic forms. Outside the temple are murals that represent the Triple Gem adoration. The paintings were done in 1927 by a local painter.