World’s only stainless steel Buddhist chapel in Thailand

The sparkling reflection of the sun on the shining chapel of Pak Lam Kha-Khaeng Temple in Thailand’s Kanchanapuri province, situated in130 kilometres west of Bangkok makes the construction stands out among other religious structures in the peaceful compound.

Like no other, this outstanding ubosot, or Buddhist chapel, is expertised from stainless steel and is exclusively built to make an impression on religious worshippers and visitors alike.

Portrayed as the world’s only stainless steel ubosot, Pak Lam Kha-Khaeng temple in Sri Sawat district presents tourists a glance of this shiny chapel imprinted and stamped with delicate Thai craftsmanship.

The temple’s abbot supposed that he wanted to make a difference by building this ubosot so it would one day become one of Thailand’s wonderful historic sites.

Also, it was because stainless steel is such a strong and hard-wearing material.

“Stainless steel is simple to look after. It’s a worthwhile material. No one in Buddhist history has made an ubosot structure like this before,” said the abbot of Pak Lam Kha-Khaeng temple.

It obtained seven years and Bt30 million to complete the Buddhist chapel, which was 4.5m wide, 12m tall, and 9.5 in length. Apart from the ubosot, a huge Buddha image in stainless steel of 15m in height was also construct within the same grounds in order to honour His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The abbot said the unique chapel illustrates large numbers of visitors to catch a quick look of it, particularly on weekends and public holidays.

Buddhist faithful and other visitors can take a trip to Pak Lam Kha-Khaeng temple only by boats, which may be planked at Ban Ta Gradaan and Ban Mae Huay Kamin in Sri Sawat district, where the voyage up the river can lead the visitor to a charming view of Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary.

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