Thailand’s link to Buddhism is one of the fascinating parts of the nation. It's deeply interwoven into Thai culture.
Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol in Roi Et is one of the most important places of worship in Thailand. The temple is exclusively known for its 101-meter chedi and home to some Buddha relics from the past.
If you’re visiting the Roi Et region in Northeastern Thailand, we highly recommend checking out Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol, one of the most stunning Buddhist landmarks. Or better, continue reading to know more!
This place offers serenity and a cultural learning opportunity. Apart from the beautiful pagodas and breathtaking Chedi, you can also visit the museum inside the pagoda.
In English, a rough translation of Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol means ‘the great, victorious and auspicious pagoda.’
The largest chedi is in Thailand, making it an important place for Thai Buddhism. The chedi is located on the grounds of the Wat Pha Namthip Thep Prasit Vararam temple complex. This is one of the most visited in Roi Et province. The impressive chedi has interesting geometrics at 101 meters high, 101 meters long, and 101 meters wide. The land that the chedi was built on is also 101 rai in size. The name of the province, Roi Et, also means 101 in Thai.
The chedi, the Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkhon, is revered in the province and across Thailand. It's home to Buddha relics stored at the top of the chedi. There is also a new chedi built more recently by the Department of Fine Arts. This is a place of learning for those wishing to become Buddhist monks—the main chedi sparkles in the midday sun, white and golden in appearance. Surrounding the main chedi, you will find eight more pagodas.
The final chedi on top is constructed from over 60 kilos of gold. The temple's location is worth the visit alone, situated atop the stunning Nam Yoi cliff with majestic views of the mesmeric countryside. This is an excellent place to come and contemplate life, as monks have for hundreds of years.
The chedi on top is constructed from over 60 kilos of gold.
Once inside the main pagoda, you are greeted by five floors with lots of features such as meeting rooms, murals, wall carvings, and engravings that tell the story of Buddha.
You will find a jaw-dropping ordination hall on the third floor. There are also 101 marble images of famous monks. The fourth floor hosts a museum where you can learn about the temple’s history, leading to a staircase that takes you to the fifth and final floor, where the relics of Buddha rest.
The temple is located in the Nong Phok district and is approximately 80 km from Roi Et. The best way to get to the temple is by air-conditioned taxi from the town.
This Temple is known for its 101-meter Chedi, 101 meters high, 101 meters long, and 101 meters wide. The name of the province, Roi Et, also means 101 in Thai.
Phra Maha Chedi Chai Mongkol in Roi Et is a place with amazing sightseeing and offers insight into Thailand's Buddhist culture and history. You are welcomed here by beautiful pagodas and towering Chedi. The main pagoda has a museum and other relics telling the story of Buddha.
06.30 – 18.00 hrs | Monday - Sunday
88JC+X4G, Pha Nam Yoi, Nong Phok District, Roi Et 45210
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