Udon Thani Travel Guide :
Wat Pa Ban Tat
| The province of Udon Thani is located in the northeastern part of Thailand on the famous Isan plateau. It is extremely popular for its awe-inspiring mountains and attractive lush green forests. Spread over an area of 15,589 square kilometers, the province is administratively divided into 18 districts and 2 sub-districts.
Udon Thani has many beautiful temples but none as Wat Pa Ban Tat. The temple is truly worth visiting for its beautiful and serene ambiance. It is spread over an area of nearly 65 acres and has a beautiful forest within its compound. The forest is home to great number of animals and birds like pheasants, red jungle fowls, squirrels, tree shrews, wild boar.
Wat Pa Ban Tat is truly an anomaly for its surroundings. However, it is these surroundings that give it its uniqueness. The temple is home to one of the most revered Buddhist monks of Thailand, Phra Achan Maha Bua Yannasampanno. The venerated monk, now in his 90s, earned a lot of respect and fame world over when he managed to collect over 10,000 kilograms of gold to help Thailand tide over the economic crisis in 1997.
The first thing that you will notice in Wat Pa Ban Tat is its meeting hall, also known as sala. The hall is built from wood and has a rectangular shape. It is built on stilts and can be accessed using three steps. In the sala there is a large Buddha image is Banishing Mara posture. Just behind the Buddha image are pictures of all senior monks and teachers of the temple. The hall itself is divided by means of a wooden wall and metal gate to also form the storage room.
While the area outside the temple has gradually lost its forest cover to development, Wat Pa Ban Tat ensured the forest inside the temple compound stays undisturbed and natural.