Wat Chai Si Temple is a temple of great importance -historically, archeologically as well as socially, and is most notable for its mural paintings. Other feather in its cap is the fact that it was declared a National ancient monument on 20th August 2001. Rent a car in Khon Kaen and enjoy an uninterrupted drive to the temple.
The temple’s main highlight other than its murals is definitely the Sim or which is also normally called Ubosot which contains the murals. It was built in 1917 and is believed to be influenced by Vietnamese craftsmanship.
Built of bricks which were plastered with lime, the ubosot’s walls are covered with murals- from floor to ceiling. It had a dilapidated roof style that was then more popular in Northeastern; however later on the roof which extended on both the sides anf finally was replaced by Rattanakosin styled roof. In 1993 the new roof was also extended to protect murals from the exposure of sunlight and other elements.