GPS coordinates: 12°55’33.7″N 100°52’37.4″E (12.926033, 100.877044)
Opening hours: 8:00-17:00
Entrance: Free. Be dressed politely.
Old Buddhist monastery Chai Mongkhon is located right in the middle of Pattaya. But most of people just pass it by without noticing the temple. They long for loudness and glitter of Walking street in the evening (it starts just 300 meters away), or daytime fruits at nearby Chai Mongkhon market.
Well, I must confess, I’ve been missing the chance to visit Wat Chai Mongkhon for 10 years. Probably I’m distracted by car park right behind the wall or I’ve become too picky as I’ve seen a lot of interesting Thai temples. But why should I leave you without coordinated and information?
Wat Chai Mongkhon was founded here in 1851. It is royal monastery of 3d class. One of the most notable relics is the statue of Buddha (posture that reflects the episode when he stopped the fight between his relatives) – it was brought to the temple from Ayutthaya in 1942. And the statue itself is more than 350 years old.
There’s a pond full of fish and turtles on the territory of temple, so you have a chance to feed them.
Take Pattaya map with you – just click the star and it will be saved in your Google account. Any locations in this region that I will add later will appear on your map.