By: iamAldonLopez | January 6, 2019
Have you ever visited a cave situated in town? Well, I just did, and I thought it was real, but it was completely artificial. However, it is still enthralling to visit because of the story behind and how they built it.
After I had my 90-day report at the Immigration in Nakhon Ratchasima. My colleague brought me to Wat Phayap where the cave is based. This temple is located at the Chumpon Road, Nakhon Ratchasima and just a “songtaew” away from The Mall Korat.
This astonishing attraction was built as a replacement of the original building that was ruined and couldn’t be restored. You will be surprised when you enter this temple because of its interior. It was fabricated by smothering bubbling rocks to a tangible frame.
The story behind this amazing cave in town was when cement companies granted by the government to erupt the mountain in order to get some materials for the fabrication of concrete. Wat Phayap’s abbot (a man who is the head of monks) collected some rocks including stalagmites and stalactites from Saraburi province where the explosion happened. The monk comes up with the idea of putting these up together and created a cave be like—beneath his residence. They attached all the rocks all over the wall with those stalagmites and stalactites so it would look like a cave. Inside, it also features various of Buddha images. Some of them are already up to four centuries old. Kudos to the monk who saved those rocks and made this wonderful artificial cave inside the temple!
Wat Phayap is considered a big temple in Korat but there isn’t much else to see aside from the cave. Well, outside the temple you can see “The Royal Statue of King Narai The Great”, the 27th King of Ayutthaya Period who developed and protected the kingdom of Siam (former name of Thailand) securely.
How to get there?
- From ‘The Mall’ Korat take a ‘Songtaew’ and drop off to Thaosuranari From there you walk towards the northern end of Chumpon Rd, and northeast of Ya Moo, Nakhon Ratchasima.
- Admission Fee: Free
- Songtaew’ Fee: 8.00 Baht
This place is recommended if you are planning to visit Korat (Northeast of Thailand). You can also check out the cheapest hotels here.
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