One of the most impressive Buddhist temples in Rayong is Phra Chedi Klang Nam (the stupa in the center of water). Situated on an isle in the middle of Rayong River, this well-known structure was built during the reign of King Rama IV in the mid-18th century. Back in that time, this 10m tall stupa served as a landmark for indicating the sailors as a sign of entrance to the city. Phra Chedi Klang Nam is located just a little further away from the downtown, close to Sky View Tower and Saeng Chan Beach. A 10-minute drive by rental car from downtown is all it takes to get to this popular Buddhist temple.
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The white colored Phra Chedi Klang Nam is made up of brick and mortar. Shaped in the form of a bell, this stupa is highly revered by the locals in Rayong. Each year on the day of Loy Krathong i.e. the day of full moon in the twelfth month, a celebration is held which involves changing the robe of the stupa. In order to display deep respect towards the stupa on this day, a 6m long red robe is tied around its body.
The celebration also witnesses a march of boats along the Rayong River. The area of Phra Chedi Klang Nam is covered by about 20 acres of mangrove forest. There is also a mangrove learning center located just 100m away from the stupa. Established to promote ecotourism in the city, the center’s primary objective is the preservation of the mangrove forest. At the center, there is a 200m long artificial path for visitors to walk on and have a look around the surrounding mangrove.