Wat Yansangwararam Woramahawihan is an enormous complex of temples located approximately 15 km south of the seaside town of Pattaya. Known by locals like Wat Yan, it sets in a huge area of around 145 acres and consists in several holy buildings in different architectural styles surrounded by fine gardens and massive lakes, making the complex a nice and peaceful place to spend a relaxing day away from the chaotic Pattaya. The complex is usually quiet, except on Thai public holidays and on weekends, when it can get busy with a lot of locals. There is also ample parking open from 08.00 to 17.00. Food and drink can be bought from the restaurant on site. Wat Yansangwararam was built in 1976 to honor the revered Somdej Phra Yanasangworn, who at the time was the Supreme Patriarch of the Thai Monastic Order, and was later graciously admitted under the patronage of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the deceased and regretted Rama IX. Wat Yan is well known for its modern design. Built in a very different style than most of classic Thai temples, it boasts several unique edifices with architectural influences from India, Switzerland, China, Japan and Lanna Thai. The main temple of Wat Yansangwararam is a mondop or mandapa, a pavilion with four gables, enshrining a replica of the Buddha's footprints. In addition to it, at complex you can be seen a large white chedi where some relics of the Lord Buddha and his disciples are enshrined, the beautiful Phra Yanaret Wihan and an international pavilion representing the architecture of several countries. Besides temples, there are a large number of monuments, including one of King Prajadhipok. Near the access is located the Wihan Sian or Anek Kuson Sala, a Chinese temple and museum with a magnificent collection of Chinese artefacts and antiques, which is believed to be one of the few of this kind outside of China.
Admission fee & Opening hours: The complex is open daily from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm. Admission is free.
Getting there: Wat Yansangwararam is located approximately 15 km south of Pattaya. It can be reached by following the Sukhumvit Road southward until the km 160 marker where you have to turn on left. The best way to get there is by the local songthaew that can be rented as a taxi. Before leaving, make sure you agree on the price.Read More
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