Around Bangkok

Saraburi Province

Is on Khao Patthawi in Tambon Nong Pla Lai. It can be reached by taking the same route as Khao Sam Lan National Park. At Km 102, there is a 5 km access road and then follow the road sign. It enshrines Phra Phutthachai ot the picture of Lord Buddha appearing on a cliff wall.

A cone shaped structure or Mondop was build to cover the picture. Stairs were built from the temple area to the Momdop and go onward to the cliff that is over the Mondop. There are interesting prehistoric paintings on the cliff: behind the door area, there drawings of animals (deer). Beside the door, there are pictures of hands and symbols.

The west of Phra Phutthachai is the Ascetic Cave, where there are paintings of chickens, Buddha images and symbols. The Cho Po Ro cliff wall has large, sophisticated drawings like the paintings of the prehistoric period that were found at Pha Taem in Ubon Ratchathani.

The drawings were painted with wood oil, dating from 3,000 years ago. They represent the communication symbols of the same group and presumably were ritual mediums and reflect the beliefs of people of those times.

Wat Phra Phutthachai

Wat Phra Phutthachai

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