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Wat Ton Son Temple in Angthong Province of Thailand

Wat Ton Son located at Ban Ton Son, Thetsaban 2 Road, Tambon Talat Luang, Amphoe Mueang, Ang Thong and open daily from 8.00 am – 5.00 pm.

Wat Ton Son was royally granted on 14 August 1942. It is situated on the west side of Chaophraya River, opposite to Angthong Polytechnic College. This ancient temple was built in the late period of Ayutthaya era about year 1767. It is assumed that the temple was constructed in that period because the former monastery was decorated with Bua Orn and Kan Tuay pattern. However, there is no record about it. The history is from the saying of the elderly. The temple was deteriorated and almost became the deserted temple since there was no venerable thing.

In 1945, Phra Racha Suwan Molee, the former leading abbot of Angthong Province, started to build objects in the temple which was only over 14 rais at that time. Later, nearby lands were bought to extend the temple’s area.

There is a Buddha statue in the attitude of subduing mara named “Somdet Phra Buddha Nava Lokutta Dhamma Bodi Sri Muangthong” or “Somdet Phra Sri Muangthong”. It is 6 wahs 3 cubits and 9 inches wide and 9 wahs 1 cubit and 19 inches tall. It was made from metal and covered with gold. Phra Racha Suwan Molee, the abbot started the construction in 1973. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn came to perform the ceremony on 7 March 1985. It is the first biggest metal Buddha statue and is one of elaborated Buddha statues.

How to get there:

  • Travel by private car – from Ayutthaya, run along Route 32, turn into 304 line to Ang Thong Province. When crossing the Chao Phraya River, turn right. Observe the entrance sign of Ton Son Temple. Things along the way will meet the pine trees.

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