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Luang Phor Tuad Statue -

Big 'Buddha' Monument at the Wat Huay Mongkol Buddhist Temple, Hua Hin

Luang Phor Tuad Statue - Big Buddha Monument at the
Wat Huay Mongkol Buddhist Temple,
Tambon Huay Mongkol, Hua Hin

We visited the Luang Phor Tuad Statue - Big Buddha Monument at the Wat Huay Mongkol Buddhist Temple in February 2008. Wat Huay Mongkol is about 15km west of Hua Hin off the same road to Pala-U falls. There are plenty of road signs that will lead you there.

Don't be confused any more about this big Buddha monument. The monument at Wat Huay Mongkol Buddhist Temple, Hua Hin is not a statue of The Lord Buddha. The historical Lord Buddha is one of many Boddhisattva, a term that describes the stage of development of a Buddha before enlightenment, including in previous lives. Boddhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism is a being who voluntarily stops short of reaching the state of Nirvana or Nibbana in Sanskrit, in order to help humanity. In Thailand The Goddess Kuan Yin and several of the kingdom’s revered abbots or Luang Phor, such as the Luang Phor Tuad, are considered to be Boddhisattva.

Luang Phor Tuad was the legendary Southern Thai monk, immensely popular with the Southern Thais and increasingly so elsewhere in the Kingdom for the miracles associated with him.

The big Buddha statue was commissioned by Queen Sirikit of Thailand at Wat Huay Mongkol. The temple houses the largest statue of Luang Phor Thuad 'in the world' Not only is Wat Huay Mongkol regarded as a holy place but it has also become a recreational area for visitors.in a visitor attraction setting that many visitors seek out at weekends and on holidays.

The huge Luang Phor Thuad statue is seated on a pedestal with four other smaller images in niches where the faithful can paste gold-leaf on Luang Phor Thuad.

We made the trip as part of a full day's sightseeing trip in and around Hua Hin with a privately hired 'taxi' tour with "Jack's Tour", where we visited Marukhataiyawan Palace - The old Royal Summer Palace for King Rama VI, Khao Hin Lek Fai - Hua Hin Overlook, Luang Phor Tuad Statue - Big Buddha Monument at the Huay Mongkol Temple, Pala-U Falls - Kaeng Krachan National Park and The Monkey Temple at Khao TaKiab, just south of Hua Hin. The day started at 0900 and ended about 1730. We bought lunch out at a cafe style restaurant Jack knows close to Pala-U village.

Jack speaks fairly good English and his car is great. Get Jack to introduce you to 'Bamboo Sticky Rice", you'll love it!

Wear long trousers / long skirt and no 'strappy' tops or singlets for Royal Palace and Temples. Take with you the following: plenty of drinking water, sun hats, sunglasses, camera and binoculars. We also recommend that you take fish pellets and monkey food. For those of you who are prone to being bitten it is advisable to take insect repellent.

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