Wat Pa Phu Kon – How It Was Built

Wat Pa Phu Kon (in Thai: วัดป่าภูก้อน, “Jungle Hill Temple”) is located near the village of Ban Nha Kham (บ้านนา คำ ใหญ่) in the municipality (tambon) Ban Kong (บ้าน ก้อง), district (Amphoe) Na Yung (นา ยูง), in the northwestern part of the province of Udon Thani in northeastern Thailand, known as Isan – not far from the provincial boundaries with Loei and Nong Khai and about 125 kilometers drive from Udon Thani.

The temple complex was built from 2010 to 2013. After the hilltop was leveled and a basement was built, first a reclining Buddha statue about 20 meters long was erected on a concrete base. The Buddha’s statue is made of white Carrara marble. 43 marble blocks, each of which weighed between 15 and 30 tons, were cut in Italian Carrara, transported to Thailand by sea and then assembled on the spot. Then a Viharn (assembly hall) was built around the statue.

The cost of the Buddha statue was 50 million baht, and the entire project cost about 320 million baht. This amount was donated by a single individual.

The photographs documenting the process of construction of the Wat are on display in the Vihara.

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