Wat Hat Yai Nai, one of the city’s major Buddha temples, is located near the city center on Phetkasem Road. Close to the Khlong U Taphao Bridge, it is just about a 15-minute drive away from the Khlong Hae Floating Market. A temple without walls, Wat Hat Yai Nai features massive multi-roof tiers and its intricate exterior design makes it a formidable sight from afar. It gives the appearance of a giant pavillion with pillars and a traditional Thai roof. The temple’s center of attraction is Phra Phuttha Hattha Mongkhon. Being 10 meters wide, 15 meters tall and 35 meters long, it is the world’s third largest reclining Buddha. In addition to watching this amazing statue at Wat Hat Yai Nai, you can also buy from some of the items on sale such as joss sticks and small statuettes.
Taking a Tour Inside Wat Hat Yai Nai
There is a shrine and mausoleum inside the Wat Hat Yai Nai behind the huge reclining Buddha. Upon entering, you’ll find hundreds of cubby holes around the walls containing the ashes of the deceased people. Some of them have photographs of the occupant along with other details such as their date of birth and demise. Inside the mausoleum, you’ll find a fortune telling device. Inserting a 5 or a 10 Baht coin will make the wheel spin around. When the wheel comes to a complete halt, the pointer will stop on a particular number. There are numbered shelves on either side of the device, each containing a fortune written on a piece of paper. Taking the one out that corresponds to your number will give you an accurate summary of your entire life.