Wat Bang Riang, Phang-Nga
Wat Bang Riang, in the Phang Nga region
Wat Rat Upatam commonly known as "Wat Bang Riang" is located in the north-east of Phang Nga City, in Thap Put District.
Situated on Khao Lan Mountain and comprising the largest temple pagoda in all of Phang Nga, Wat Bang Riang not only offers breathtaking views but is also perhaps one of the most impressive and intriguing temples in the area.
With statues of five-headed Naga snakes on both sides of its entrance guarded by statues of five-headed Naga snakes that stand along the path, Wat Ban Riang temple is fascinating from the first moment you arrive. The temple consists of three main areas, each with a different purpose: the first houses the cremated remains of the Buddha's relics; the second is Chedi Phutthathambanlu, the main central temple; and the third, which can be seen in the distance from the main temple, is the statue of the goddess Guan Yin, which is associated with mercy and compassion.
Once inside her courtyard, you will discover a circular corridor with 60 gold Buddha sculptures, each with a hole for coins.
Discover Wat Bang Riang from the sky...
Phang Nga, is not only a bay close to Phuket, with paradisiacal islands and breathtaking panoramas... it is also and above all, a province located north of Phuket, mountainous, hilly, green, in other words... superb, and this region deserves to be visited.
Our trip of this day takes us to the top of a beautiful mountain where I invite you to discover the Wat Bang Riang located at about 220 meters altitude.
The arrival at Wat Bang Riang...
A terrace with balcony
Before entering the temple, on the right side, you can go to the balcony which will give you a magnificent view of the goddess Guan Yin and the great Buddha nested and emerging from the forest.
A rather exceptional view.
The Goddess Guan Yin
A Chinese form of the deity Avalokitesvara, Guan Yin is one of the most popular boddhisattvas of the Buddhist religion, particularly in the Mahayana (Great Vehicle) stream.
Originally a male figure, she was definitively feminized in Japan and China by popular belief. The embodiment of compassion, Guan Yin is the protector of humans in danger or in pain.
Her name means "he or she who considers the sounds or calls" (Guanyin), or more precisely "he or she who considers the sounds of the world" (Guanshiyin).
She answers the call of her name and protects those who invoke her from black magic, fierce beasts or monsters and other dangers.
A woman who wishes to give birth can ask for her help to become pregnant.
Many Buddhist followers choose this deity as Yidam, that is to say as an object of meditation.
A Great Buddha dominating the jungle
From the path leading to the temple, you can see in the distance a large golden Buddha lost in the middle of nature and mountains. This great golden Buddha and his 7 najas point out all his surprising greatness in the middle of the jungle.
On foot you can walk down the long stairs to the goddess Guan Yin and from there continue to the big Buddha which is about 250 meters away. If you are motorized (car or scooter) a small road will take you there in a few seconds. You will find this small road near the sationing area, opposite the entrance to the temple.
Wat Bang Riang Temple seen from the park
Let's go inside...
The Wat Bang Riang...
You can see on this map the 3 locations.
(You can click on the map to enlarge the image)