Wat Ahong Silawas Bueng Kan Province Thailand

Northeastern tourist attractions Bueng Kan Province

Kaeng Ah Hong or “Mekong River Navel” viewing point at Wat Ahong Silawas, Hor Kham Subdistrict, Mueang Bueng Kan District 21 kilometers away from the province, considered the point where the Mekong River has the deepest depth cannot be measured. The current is very strong during the flood season and the current is a large cone-shaped whirlpool. It can be seen from the presence of large material or wooden remains when they reach this area, the objects will revolve for about 30 minutes before they will continue to flow. which the villagers believed to be “Mekong River Navel” is about 300 meters wide.

In the low tide season, the width is about 400 meters, and the rapids can be seen during March – May every year. There will be a group of rocks that appear around Kaeng A Hong. They are named according to the nature of the rocks, such as Hin Lin, Naga Rock, Pla Khe Cave, and Pla Sawai Cave. It is also a point to view natural phenomena. “Naga Fireballs” during the end of Buddhist Lent, the 15th day of the 11th lunar month, where many tourists come to see this natural phenomenon.

History of Wat Ahong Silawas

Long ago, Luang Por Lun The founder of this temple came up in the middle of the rainforest mixed with large and small rocks. which is a mountain range connecting from the side of Laos This temple is called “Wat Pa Lelai” later, in 1963, Luang Phor Lun passed away, causing this temple to have no monks permanently staying in the temple at all, leaving only the old nuns to watch the temple. and maintain the temple until 1974 (Luang Por Mahasaman Siripanyo) came by to visit the temple area. and saw the general calm and shady conditions Adjacent to the banks of the Mekong River, where rocks are lined in the river jutting from the shore. out into the middle of the Mekong River It is called “Kaeng Ah Hong”.

Later, Luang Por consulted with a group of monks and relatives. will renovate this temple to be a complete and permanent temple by improving the environment and Travel constructing facilities That is necessary for monks, novices and relatives. Finally, Luang Por named the new temple to match the environment. “Wat Ahong Silawas” until now and eventually developed as a tourist destination

Wat Ahong Silawas Located in the area of ​​Ban A Hong, Mueang Bueng Kan District, Bueng Kan Province, approximately 21 kilometers from the district city, located on the banks of the Mekong River near Kaeng A Hong. A large basin from the Thai side to the Lao side that is about a hundred meters long. Wat Ahong Silawas It is one of the important tourist attractions in Bueng Kan Province. Because of the beautiful scenery The area adjacent to the Mekong River is a long arc, and there is a tradition related to the belief in the serpent. Make tourists popular to visit Wat A Hong and Kaeng Ah Hong uninterrupted.

It is believed that the area in front of the temple is the deepest point of the Mekong River with a depth of 200 meters. This area will have a turbulent flow until it forms a cone-shaped hole. If there are pieces of wood leaves or small objects Stuck will be swirl into a cone for about 20-30 minutes and then slip away in another place. When the current is strong again, it will form a new cone, alternating with each other throughout the day. Therefore, it is believed that this is the point of the navel of the Mekong River. During March to May of every year can see Kaeng Ahong The rocky rapids in the middle of the Mekong River appear above the water. The rock group is named after the nature of the rocks, such as Hin Tong, Naga, Hin Pla Khe, and Pla Sawai Cave. The surrounding villagers also live in fishing.

Inside the temple area is spacious and beautiful, there is a marble ordination hall. Applied Thai shapes Located on a hill There is a stairway leading up to a serpent that stretches almost to the temple. The interior of the chapel is decorated in simple style. The principal Buddha image is Phra Phutthakhavanandsas. which has a spectacular beauty as a monk Buddha image with Buddha image similar to Phra Buddha Chinnarat There are also two golden Buddha images. also enshrined

Inside the temple there is also a viharn of Phra Phuttha Chinnarat. Luang Pho Sukhothai Temple and natural stone patio including Phra Borommathat Ahong Pagoda Which is located on a beautiful high hill, outstanding from the roadside.

The atmosphere of the temple on the Mekong River Prepare a walking path parallel to the river. There is a Mekong River navel sign in the middle. Views are beautiful and shady. When looking across to the Lao side is Paksan, a golden pagoda can be seen majestically standing on a large rock. Above is the lush greenery. There is a shrine of Mae Nai on the Mekong River. venerable

Wat Ahong was originally just a monastery. As for the founding site, it was still full of dense trees. It is a monastery in the forest before the year 1963 has been restored by Luang Por Lun. But after his death in 1963, there were no monks present. can only be a temporary abode of a monk who happened to pass by Until in the year 1974, when Luang Por Saman Siripanyo (Phra Nithesasanakun), the abbot of Wat Boonrueang Suwannaram, Mueang District, Nong Khai Province (before it was separated into Bueng Kan Province. This is also in Nong Khai Province) had to visit and meet. and saw a rather desolate state There is only a nun to take care of Therefore, the group of devotees were brought to join the restoration of this temple to make it look better. suitable for shady places and continue to benefit from religion and renamed it Wat Ahong Silawas

Legend of the Naga

Another legend about the area in front of this temple Ahong Silawas. tell each other that Next, on the Lao side, near the navel point of the Mekong River, there is a cave under the big rocks under water. It is the habitat of the giant catfish and is the gathering place for the Nagas during the end of Buddhist Lent. to join in making merit by releasing fireballs as a Buddhist worship with humans Make this place a fireball Also known as Naga fireballs, a large number of fireballs emerge from the surface of the water. causing tourists, both Thais and foreigners, frequented and visited every day

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