History & Culture

Wat Sala Kaew Koo

Wat Sala Kaew Koo (or Wat Kek) is probably one of the most unique temples you are likely to visit in Thailand. Projecting a heady mixture of Buddhism and Hinduism merged with Brahmanism, the temple is the brainchild of Luang Pu Bunleua Surirat – a monk who lived in Laos prior to coming to Thailand to avoid the communist take over of the country (there is a mirror temple on the Laos side of the river which the same monk worked on). The monk and his followers have crafted statue images of Shiva, Vishnu, and Buddha alongside images of a number of other religiously significant figures. Most are made of concrete and some up to 25 metres high. The monk gained a huge following both in the area and in Laos and the temple is a rare experience - something you are very unlikely to pin down. One man’s image of life, the universe and everything!

Details: Entry to the temple is 20 Baht and it is open daily from 07:30 to 17:30.

How to get there: The temple is on the Nong Khai - Phon Phi Sai Road about 3 kilometres from Nong Khai. From the centre of town a Tuk-Tuk will take you to the temple for around 20 Baht.