Wat Okat


My rating: ★★★★★

Wat Okat is a small temple just north of the Indochine market on the riverfront. Although small, the temple houses two very important Buddha images, which you will see people praying and making offerings to throughout the day.

Two chapels of Wat Okat
The two main chapels of Wat Okat. The sacred Buddha images are in the one on the right.

The origins of the temple are unclear, but the two images, both of which are carved wood, were said to be made around the eighth century or later. Legend says they floated across the Mekong from the other side to come to rest in Nakhon Phanom.

Sacred Buddha images
The revered Buddha images, Phra Tiu and Phra Thiam in their niche within the chapel.

The images are housed in their own little chapel withing the temple compound. As you can see in the photo above, their little niche is surrounded by some very colorful murals depicting angels watching over them. It's worth noting the the altar is cut off from the public by iron bars, but they're far enough apart to stick your hand with camera through.

North of the chapel housing the two Buddha images is a small park-like area, and on the other side of that is a small Chinese shrine to the city's godfather.