Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon
Location : Mueang Kao, Muang Khon kaen
Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon
Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakorn or the 9-storey Stupa is located in Wat Nong Waeng, a royal temple on Klang Muang Road, where the relics of Lord Buddha and important Buddhist scriptures are located. Doors and windows of the 9-storey Stupa are beautifully craved the former reincarnations of the Lord Buddha, 16 classes of visible deities in the Brahmas world, and Buddhist rites while the history of the town are painted on the wall. On the top floor, where the Lord Buddha’s relics are located, is where the visitors can also enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the city. Opening hours: Daily from 8.00-17.00 Hrs.
Inside the Great Buddha’s Relics Temple there are nine stories which are;
On the 1st story, crystal houses for relics of the Lord Buddha are stationed on a movable throne with 3 Buddha images in the middle. On the left are a lot of Buddha’s chest bone relics and a lot of disciples’ relics contained in the glass jars. Besides there are 108 monk’s alms-bowl tables, which each bowl represents one of Buddha’s disciples; moreover, people offer coins to get good luck in their life and their family. Go straight to pay respect for the Buddha’s image on each birthday to bring good luck. You can also check out your life and cast lots with a Chinese fortuneteller and a brass elephant helping you making all decisions.
On the 2nd story, the Isaan Museum collected the ancient appliances which rarely seen in nowadays. The murals within feature the 35 prohibited rules of Isaan people daily life.
On the 3rd story, the monk-learning hall with its beautifully carved door and windows, featuring Nang Phom Hom, the lasting Isaan tales. This story includes talipot fans, fan of ranks, and eight necessities of famous Khon Kaen monks.
On the 4th story, the monk-learning hall with a museum which is composed of ancient objects: doors and windows, Buddha’s picture in each birthday and compass angle.
On the 5th story, a museum hall comprising utensils of Phrakhrupalad Bussaba Sumano, a former abbacy. Doors and windows featured the story of life and former reincarnations of the Lord Buddha.
On the 6th story, a preceptor hall, its doors and windows are carved and featured the Vejsandhorn Jataka tales
On the 7th story, an enlightened Buddha’s disciples’ hall, its doors and windows are carved and feature the tale of Prince Temi the Dumb.
On the 8th story, a Buddha’s teaching hall assembled Tripitaka, the Buddhist Scriptures. Doors and windows are carved and feature the 16 classes of visible deities in the Brahma’s world, and Buddhist rites.
The top floor, on the 9th story, a Buddha hall and a movable throne placed in the middle houses relics of the Lord Buddha. Doors are carved the featured 3D of the 16 classes of visible deities in the Brahmas world, and Buddhist rites. From there, visitor can enjoy panoramic view of the town especially Kaen Nakhon marsh scene at the east
The temple provides a young guide who can give understandable explanations about the story of paintings, and exhibitions.