One of Thailand’s many nicknames is The Land of Temples. There’s over 40,000 temples scattered across the country and over 90% of Thailand’s population is Buddhist.
Most temples are open to the public, given you wear respectful and modest clothing and take off your shoes. Women specifically are required to cover the knees and shoulders in order to enter a temple.
Most of the Thailand temples are so intricately and beautifully designed that they are true pieces of architectural art work. One of the most beautiful temples I’ve ever seen is Wat Pha Sorn Kaew.
Hidden within the north-central Thailand mountains is an exquisite Buddhist monastery and temple.
There is no public transportation to this awe-inspiring temple, so a private car or tour is necessary to reach it. Phitsanulok, the city where my volunteer group and I are actually living, is one of the closest towns to it. It’s about an hour and a half drive to get from our town to the colorful mosaic wat. (wat = temple in Thai!)
Because it’s not easy to get to, it’s one of the few beauties of Thailand that’s not yet completely overrun with tourists. In fact, aside from our group of Americans, we only saw one other foreign-looking person within the whole temple!
Another bonus: it’s free! Some temples have entrance fees of 100 baht or 500 baht, like Wat Pho and Grand Palace in Bangkok, but you don’t have to pay a single baht to enter this multicolored monastery.
There’s over 5 million unique mosaic tiles and beautiful pottery and china items delicately and precisely embellished all over the temple.
Take a private car to the tourist road less traveled. Feast your eyes upon a mosaic wonder!