Wat Tham Sua and Wat Tham Khao Noi in Kanchanaburi


Wat Tham Suea, Muang Chum
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Wat Tham Sua is a magnificent Thai Buddhist temple located at the top of a hill near Wat Tham Khao Noi, a extremely beautiful temple decorated in Chinese style. Both temples are situated about 15 kilometers south of Kanchanaburi town.

On the top of the hill, a imposing 18 meter tall golden Buddha in blessing posture sits on the side of Wat Tham Suea, however, the two main buildings, specially the spectacular 69 meters high chedi of Wat Tham Suea and the Chinese pagoda of Wat Tham Khao Noi, are the main attraction for tourists. Ring the bells on the first floor corridor of Tham Suea is almost an obligation.

In order to access Tham Suea temple there are a impressive 3-row stairs, painted in red and green colors and yellow and green bannisters and a short haul cable tram. From the hilltop, visitors can admire scenic landscapes; the hills and padi fields, as well as the Mae klong (Mekong) canal and the city.

Wat Tham Suea means Tiger Cave Temple while Wat Tham Khao Noi means Little Hill Cave Monastery. When we visited the temple its caves were closed to the public.

The temples are also called the twin sisters of Kanchanaburi.

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