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Wat Tham Suwan Khuha – The Famous Buddha Cave in Phang-Nga

Posted on: 25th February 2016

Locally known as the cave temple or Wat Tham, Wat Tham Suwan Khuha is one of Phang-Nga’s most important temples because of its archaeological and historical background. It is located about 9 km from Phang-Nga town on Highway No. 4 (Phang-Nga – Phuket route) at Mu 2 Tambon Krasom. Wat Tham Suwan Khuha is on a mountain with numerous caves such as Tham Muet, Tham Kaeo, Tham Chaeng and Tham Yai – the lowest level of all. The cave temple opens daily from 8 in the morning till 5 in the evening and entrance through the temple gate costs around 20 Baht. Driving along the small road from the main gate will lead you to the parking lot in front of the cave. Remember not to park your vehicle too near the cave entrance as there are plenty of monkeys around this area that are often seen pulling car wipers, antennas or whatever they could get their hands on.

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Inside Wat Tham Suwan Khuha

A large decorated gate at the foot of the cliff gives way to a cavern with lofty ceilings, about twenty meters wide and forty meters long. This natural temple houses an impressive 15 m long golden statue of reclining Buddha (the temple’s center of attraction) in addition to many other large images of standing Buddha. The entire space at Wat Tham Suwan Khuha is embellished with plenty of religious items. You might see a monk meditating before the reclining Buddha surrounded by a few cats taking a nap. At the cave’s entrance, you’ll see a Chedi structure which is reminiscent of the famous Wat Arun (temple of dawn) in Bangkok. A set of stairs near the reclining Buddha will lead you up to another grotto housing another golden stupa. The wide staircase at the end of the cave will give you access to the forest outside and eventually to some more small but interesting caves. Apart from the notorious monkeys, Wat Tham Suwan Khuha is a wonderful place to visit.

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