Wat PA Ban Huai Lat temple in Phu Ruea, Loei
Wat PA Ban Huai Lat temple in Phu Ruea, Loei is a very beautiful temple set just off the main Loei to Phu Ruea road. The side road leading to the temple is about two kilometers before you reach Phu Ruea.
The temple is set at the foot of a mountain surrounded by trees producing a very tranquil, peaceful setting. The roof of the temple can be seen from the main Phu Ruea to Loei road.
In front of the main temple is a large area for car and coach parking. The temple is large and very ornate. If you are looking for a wonderful example of Thai temple architecture then this is a good choice.
As soon as you come through the main gates to the car park you are immediately greeted by the scale of the temple and the beautiful surroundings.
Once you move towards the temple you will see the stairs that lead up to the main entrance doors. These doors are impressive. As you reach the top of these stairs you will see three areas of different types of drums and gongs. These are for people to hit once they have completed their religious routine of ‘tum boon’. Tum boon is the activity of giving, in Buddhism this is encouraged to create good Karma. If you are kind and giving then you will receive kindness and good things for your kind acts.
Thai people are very superstitious and follow their religious rituals to the letter. They firmly believe that their lives will get better if they do these things. So if you see someone in the middle of a ritual, please give them space and do not interrupt them.
You will notice that each drum or gong has a notice to tell people how many times you are to hit the drum or gong. It is important to follow this notice, it is part of the ritual. Certain numbers are important.
Inside the temple
Once you enter the main door you are greeted by a very large main hall. Your attention is immediately drawn to the large white Buddha statue at the far end and also the two rows of gold colored statues of prominent monks from Thailand’s past.
Completing the religious ritual
Just inside the main entrance doors on the right, you will see a counter of flowers. These flowers are there for visitors that wish to ask for something. The flowers are not sold, but a donation for the up keep of the temple is appreciated.
After making your donation, choose your flowers and go to the front of the large white Buddha statue. There you will see a small statue of a monk. It is in front of this monk that you should sit and place your flowers.
Next to the statue of the monk will be some Thai text which is a sermon of the monk. Thai people will place the flowers and then place their hands together. They will read the sermon and then ask the monk to help them with their requests. Your request could be for good health, job security, happiness or anything that is important to you.
After you have finished your request you then go back outside to where you saw the three drums/gongs. You hit each one in turn according to the notice attached to it. The hitting is part of the ritual and adds extra weight to your request. A sort of ‘please’ make my request come true.
In the grounds outside the temple
Outside the temple just off to the left is a coffee shop, there are also restroom facilities and a small mini-mart. The coffee shop is situated within the tree line. A nice cool place to take a coffee break and admire the views.
Where is Wat PA Ban Huai Lat temple?
Here is the temple on Google maps. There is only Thai no English. The temple on this map is marked by the red label.
If you are in Phu Ruea, then Wat PA Ban Huai Lat temple is very much worth a visit. The temple building and its interior are very beautiful. The temple grounds are peaceful and tranquil. The nice coffee shop near the car park gives a great opportunity to take a break.
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