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Ubon Ratchathani Sights & Attractions

  
 
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Ubon is a little short on must-see sights, although there are a few mildly interesting temples.

Thung Si Muang Park

Located at the center of town in front of City Hall, this pleasant little park has several points of interest:

  • A bright yellow elaborately carved candle sculpture, completed in 2000, standing 22 meters tall and dedicated to the King, showcases Isaan art styles and has become the symbol of the city. The candle is placed on a junk, with a garuda eagle at the bow and a naga serpent around it.
  • A statue of Phra Phatumvoraratsuriyawang commemorates the tersely named founder of the town.
  • A Monument of Merit has been erected by former World War II POWs to commemorate the kindness of the people of Ubon.

Temples

Things to See in Ubon Ratchathani

Monument/Building Wat Nong Bua
(off Chanyangkun Rd, past the BKS station) is a highly unusual large white angular chedi, said to be a copy of the Mahabodhi stupa in Bodh Gaya, India. Quite stunning in appearance, but the decorations seem rather modern and with reason - the structure was built... more
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Monument/Building 'Wat Thung Si Muang
' (Luang Rd) is primarily notable for its wooden scripture hall (hor trai), on stilts above a pond to stop ants and termites. The monastery itself was built in the reign of Rama III (1824-51) to house a replica of Buddha's footprint. The Ayutthaya-style ... more
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Monument/Building Wat Pah Nanachat
(International Forest Monastery) is a famous forest meditation temple with more than 20 foreign/western monks from all over the world. If you come before 08:00 AM you can join in the morning meal, and maybe speak to a monk afterwards. You can take a red song-tha... more
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Monument/Building Wat Nong Pah Pong
is the forest monastery of the late venerable Ajahn Chah, one of the most famous meditation masters in Thailand in recent times. About 70 monks live here, and there is a small museum and a stupa (or chedi) with the relics of Ajahn Chah to visit. A few foreign mo... more
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