Thailand’s link to Buddhism is one of the most fascinating parts of the nation. It’s deeply interwoven into its culture. Are you are visiting the Roi Et region in North-Eastern Thailand? Check out one of the most stunning Buddhist landmarks – Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol.
Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol is one of the most important places of worship in this part of Thailand. The temple is exclusively known for its 101-meter chedi and also as home to some Buddha relics from the past.
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A rough translation of Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol in English means ‘The great, victorious and auspicious pagoda’. The largest chedi is one of the largest in Thailand, making it an important place for Thai Buddhism.
The chedi is located on the grounds of the Wat Pha Namthip Thep Prasit Vararam temple complex. This is one of the most visited in Roi Et province.
The impressive chedi has interesting geometrics at 101 meters high, 101 meters long and 101 meters in width. The land that the chedi was built on is also 101 rai in size. The name of the province, Roi Et, also means 101 in Thai.
The chedi itself, the Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkhon, is revered not only in the province but right across Thailand. It’s home to Buddha relics which are stored at the top of the chedi.
There is also a new chedi that was built in more recent times by the Department of Fine Arts. This is a place of learning for those wishing to become a Buddhist monk. White and golden appearance, the main chedi gleams in the midday sun. Surrounding the main chedi you will find eight more pagodas. The final chedi on top is constructed from over 60 kilos of gold.
The location of the temple itself is worth the visit alone, situated atop the stunning Nam Yoi cliff with majestic views of the mesmeric countryside. This is a great place to come and contemplate life itself as monks have for hundreds of years.
Inside the Main Pagoda @ Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol
Once inside the main pagoda, you are greeted by five floors with lots of features such as meeting rooms, murals, wall carvings and engravings that tell the story of Buddha. On the third floor, you will find a jaw-dropping ordination hall and 101 cool marble images of famous monks.
The fourth floor hosts a museum where you can learn about the temple’s history, leading to a staircase that takes you to the fifth and final floor where the relics of Buddha rest.
The temple is located in the Nong Phok district and is approximately 80km from the town of Roi Et. The best way to get to the temple is by air-conditioned taxi from the town.
Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol
Admission: The price is just 20 THB per person
Opening hours: 6 am to 5 pm
GPS Location: 16.359358, 104.337492