AMPHOE BANG RACHAN
Phra Prang and Ancient Kilns
This ancient site is located in Tambon Choeng Klat, Amphoe Bang
Rachan, 17 km. west of the the town. The temple contains an old
pagoda of the Lop Buri style assumed to have been constructed during
the reign of King Narai the Great. The pagoda measures 15 metres
high and has some Buddha images at its base. Not far from the pagoda,
3-4 ruined ancient kilns have been discovered. They were used for
firing earthenware during the Ayutthaya period. The kilns were relatively
large and once produced jars, bowls, mortars, pots, gable tops,
and floor tiles.
AMPHOE IN BURI
In Buri National Museum
This museum is situated inside a temple called Wat Bot. It exhibits
several old objects such as King Rama Vs palanquin, large shadow
play figures, various styles of Phat Yot (monk ranking ecclesiastical
fans), a Green Stone Buddha Image, and an ancient sugar cane crushing
This is an old temple constructed in an unusual style having iron
rails as the core of the lower part. The window and door panels
of the chapel were carved exquisitely by the best artisan of Sing
Buri, a man by the name of Chuen Hathakosol, who devoted 10 years
of his life doing this piece of work.
AMPHOE KHAI BANG RACHAN
of Bang Rachan Heroes
This is situated in Amphoe Khai Bang Rachan, 13 kms. southwest of
the town on Route No. 3032. The statues refer to the villagers of
Bang Rachan who bravely fought against the Burmese army in 1765
during the reign of King Ekkathat of Ayutthaya. In spite of many
more troops than the villagers, the Burmese had to make eight attacks
before the villagers were defeated due to their shortage of weapons.
Wat Phikun Thong
This temple in Tambon Wihan Khao, Amphoe Tha Chang, is 9 kms. from
Wat Phra Non Chaksi. Visitors come here to pay homage to the statue
of Luang Pho Phae, a famous former abbot of the temple. The temple
also houses Thailands largest sitting Buddha image, 23 metres wide
and 42 metres high, made of concrete and decorated with golden mosaic.
Wat Pho Kao Ton
This temple is near the Monument of Bang Rachan Heroes. It was the
base where the Bang Rachan villagers resisted the Burmese attacks.
A replica of the ancient fortress, identical to the original, was
constructed. In a chapel, there is the statue of Phra Achan Thammachot,
who was both a monk and a leader of the Bang Rachan's heroes.
Old Court and City Hall
These two European style buildings are located on Wilaichit Road
by the Chao Phraya River in the town. Both are constructed at the
same period, some 90 years ago during the reign of King Rama V.
They are still in perfect condition.
This temple, first called Wat Hua Muang by the villagers, is located
1 km. west of Wat Phra Non Chaksi. It houses an ancient brick pagoda
which was built during the ancient Khmers glory. The pagoda was
later renovated during the early Ayutthaya period. This area is
assumed to have been the ancient site of Sing Buri.
Wat Phra Non Chaksi
This temple is 4 kms. south of the town along the Sing Buri-Suphan
Buri route. It houses a huge Sukhothai-style reclining Buddha image,
which is revered by the local people and renowned for its large
size, almost 46 metres long.
Wat Sawang Arom
This temple is situated in the town. It is a centre for Buddha image
sculpture. The technique was handed down from the Ban Chang Lo School
in Thon Buri. A collection of 300 Nang Yai or shadow play figures
at this temple is considered the most complete in Thailand.