Wat Muang is an incredible temple in Ang Thong which is a small peaceful province in central Thailand. Wat Muang is the largest sitting Buddha in Thailand and you’ll be able to spot the massive golden Buddha towering over the lush green rice fields. It’s a magical sight to see and one of the most unique temples in all of Thailand. Wat Muang is not a popular temple for tourists due to it’s location so you won’t find many others around.
How to get to Wat Muang in Ang Thong
Wat Muang is located in Ang Thong which is roughly 1.5 – 2 hours outside of Bangkok. Ang Thong does not have a train station so getting there can be a little tricky. The best options are to either drive or take the bus. Buses depart regularly from Bangkok’s north terminal bus station (Mo Chit 2). From Ang Thong bus station you’ll be able to grab a tuk tuk or taxi to take you to the temple and back.
Wat Muang Opening Hours
The temple is open daily from 5 AM till 7 PM.
Wat Muang Entrance Fee
Entrance into the temple is free.
What to Expect
Upon arriving, you’ll be able to spot the massive golden Buddha out in the rice fields. Before heading into the temple, we decided to watch the sunrise from the surrounding rice fields instead. There is a road leading out the back of the temple that will take you directly to the rice fields. The view from there is stunning and it’s definitely best seen at sunrise. Watching the sun light up the golden Buddha was such a beautiful sight. The fields are also super peaceful and you’ll only find locals going about their morning jog or bicycle ride. The locals are incredibly friendly and always gave us a smile as they went past.
The golden Buddha looks insanely massive from far away but it’s only until you see it up close that you realise the full size of it. Make you’re way inside the temple complex and up the stairs leading to the massive Buddha. You’ll notice a small pedestal on the left where you can stand and touch the Buddha’s hand. It’s a belief that when you touch the Buddha’s finger, your wishes will come true and you’ll be more successful in life. Standing underneath really put into perspective how small we were in comparison to the massive Buddha.
There are also some other interesting things to see around the complex apart from the big Buddha. As you walk around, there are other small temple buildings and beautiful temple gardens. Additionally, you may come across some scary and even graphic figures of people with long tongues being tortured. This is actually a symbol of Buddhist hell, where sinners receive their punishments. Liars have their tongues torn out, thieves are tortured and people who are disloyal to their partners are forced to climb a thorn tree.
Tips for visiting a Thai Temple
Like all temples in Thailand, you’ll need to dress appropriately when visiting Wat Muang in Ang Thong. This mean covering up your knees and shoulders and also taking off your shoes when entering certain parts of the temple. Also be respectful of others that are praying and keep noise to a minimum.
Where to Stay
Wat Muang can be done as a day trip from Bangkok and seeing as there’s not much else to do around there, you’ll most likely be staying in Bangkok. Bangkok is a giant city with endless accommodation options. When we visit Bangkok we like to stay close to a BTS station so we can easily access all the best shops and temples. For backpackers looking to party, we definitely recommend Khao San Road which is full of bars and hostels.
Grand Hyatt – Luxury: The Grand Hyatt is the ultimate luxury and is perfect for anyone looking for a relaxing getaway in the heart of Bangkok. This hotel is located 2 minutes from the BTS so you can easily navigate your way around the city and visit all the best shopping centres. The rooms and amenities are incredibly clean and the service is great.
Mövenpick Hotel – Midrange: Mövenpick is the perfect midrange accommodation which is also in a central location. Located close to the BTS, you can access the whole city with no hassle. They also have a pool for the hot Bangkok days where you want to relax. You’ll have ultimate luxury for an affordable price and with great clean rooms.
Oh Bangkok Hostel – Budget: Oh Bangkok Hostel is located only a few minutes walk from the famous Khao San Road. It’s the perfect location to walk to the many bars, clubs and restaurants. The rooms are open and clean while the staff are also very friendly. The hostel even has Netflix so you can relax after a long day.
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