:: SING BURI

Sing Buri is 142 kms. north of Bangkok on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It was established in the year 1895 during the reign of King Rama V through a consolidation of three small riverside towns including Sing Buri, In Buri, and Phrom Buri. The province currently occupies an area of 822 square kilometres.

:: Attractions

The most popular attraction is the 46-meters Chaksi reclining Buddha image at Wat Phra Non Chaksri. Another highly revered image is a diamond-encrusted Buddha image sitting in the meditation pose.

The Bang Rachan Fortress Park is a peaceful arboretum with a monument dedicated to the local heros and heroines whose continuous efforts foiled Burmese invaders from re-enforcing their troops at Ayutthaya during 1765. Their efforts became a significant Thai historical event, which has been popularized by the release of the movie Bang Rachan that has been distributed worldwide. H.R.H. the King presided over the park's opening in 1976 which is on the actual site of the former fortress. Within the fortress is Wat Mai Dang (Red Wood Temple) where the villagers sought solace and a redwood tree dating back to the Ayutthaya era.

Wat Sawang Arom is the center for sculpting Buddha images where the traditional skill of sculpting and casting has been passed down for generations. It also houses and preserves the provincial oldest long-tailed boats, such as the Golden Swan boat. A collection of shadow play pieces numbering more than 300 are also kept here.

Thailand's largest sitting Buddha in the blessin gesture, Phra Bhut Suwan Mongkol Mahamunee , is housed in a large wiharn (hall) whose walls are adorned with beautiful golden murals within Wat Pikun Thong. The temple ground also has a tranquil park for meditations.

The Inburi National Museum houses rare, historical artifacts from the reigns of King RamaV and Rama VI. Aside it is a historical building built on railroad tracks. The wooden chapel's doors and window panels were embellished with delicate carvings that took 10 years to complete.

:: City Attractions

Wat Sawang Arom This temple is situated in the town. It is a centre for Buddha image sculpture. The technique was handed down from the Ban Chang Lo School in Thon Buri. A collection of 300 Nang Yai or shadow play figures at this temple is considered the most complete in Thailand.


Old Court and City Hall These two European style buildings are located on Wilaichit Road by the Chao Phraya River in the town. Both are constructed at the same period, some 90 years ago during the reign of King Rama V. They are still in perfect condition.

Wat Phra Non Chaksi This temple is 4 kms. south of the town along the Sing Buri-Suphan Buri route. It houses a huge Sukhothai-style reclining Buddha image, which is revered by the local people and renowned for its large size, almost 46 metres long.

Wat Na Phrathat This temple, first called "Wat Hua Mueang” by the villagers, is located 1 km. west of Wat Phra Non Chaksi. It houses an ancient brick pagoda which was built during the ancient Khmer's glory. The pagoda was later renovated during the early Ayutthaya period. This area is assumed to have been the ancient site of Sing Buri.

:: Bang Rachan

Wat Phra Prang and Ancient Kilns This ancient site is located in Tambon Choeng Klat, Amphoe Bang Rachan, 17 km. west of the the town. The temple contains an old pagoda of the Lop Buri style assumed to have been constructed during the reign of King Narai the Great. The pagoda measures 15 metres high and has some Buddha images at its base. Not far from the pagoda, 3-4 ruined ancient kilns have been discovered. They were used for firing earthenware during the Ayutthaya period. The kilns were relatively large and once produced jars, bowls, mortars, pots, gable tops, and floor tiles.

:: Tha Chang

Wat Phikun Thong This temple in Tambon Wihan Khao, Amphoe Tha Chang, is 9 kms. from Wat Phra Non Chaksi. Visitors come here to pay homage to the statue of Luang Pho Phae, a famous former abbot of the temple. The temple also houses Thailand's largest sitting Buddha image, 23 metres wide and 42 metres high, made of concrete and decorated with golden mosaic.

:: In Buri

In Buri National Museum This museum is situated inside a temple called Wat Bot. It exhibits several old objects such as King Rama V's palanquin, large shadow play figures, various styles of "Phat Yot”(monk ranking ecclesiastical fans), a Green Stone Buddha Image, and an ancient sugar cane crushing machine.

Wat Bot This is an old temple constructed in an unusual style having iron rails as the core of the lower part. The window and door panels of the chapel were carved exquisitely by the best artisan of Sing Buri, a man by the name of Chuen Hathakosol, who devoted 10 years of his life doing this piece of work.