Temple In ChonBuri
Wat Khao Phra Phutthabat Bang Sai (วัดเขาพระพุทธบาทบางทราย) is located on the left side of Sukhumvit Road a slightly prior to Mueang Chon Buri. Originally,there was an ancient Ayutthayan temple at the foot of the hill but it was later ruined. Later, Phraya Phichitchonlakhet,the administrator of Mueang Chon Buri had Wat Phra Phutthabat Bang Sai re-constructed during the reign of King Rama V. Inside the Mondop-a square building with a crown-like cupola-resides the Buddha’s footprint. Moreover, there is a small building on the summit of the mountain housing a Buddha image in the reclining posture. At the foot of the hill, there are many constructions in European style of the King Rama V period. From the end of the fourth lunar month to the second day of the fifth month during the period of the waxing moon, there is a tradition that people will proceed up the hill to pay respect to the Buddha’s footprint. Moreover, there is a Takbat Thewo, alms-giving ceremony at the end of the Buddhist Lent.
Wat Yai Inthraram (วัดใหญ่อินทราราม) Located on Chet Chamnong Road, Mueang Chon Buri, it is an ancient and significant temple of Mueang Chon Buri, influenced by the late Ayutthayan architectural style.The Ubosot was built in its Gunwale Curve base and inside displays very beautiful mural paintings. Above the windows, edge are the pictures of the gathering of angels. On both of the side walls are paintings depicting the Thotsachat, or the Ten Births (Jatakas) of the Lord Buddha, and the story of Prince Vessantara. Moreover, there is a wooden trifacade pavilion, where a bronzecast bejewelled Buddha image called Luangpho C/wei resides.
Phra Phutthasihing Shrine (หอพระพุทธสิหิงค์) Situated on Wachiraprakan Road., about 500 metres from the city hall. The shrine houses a replica of the Phra Phutthasihing cast in pure silver. An extremely beautiful icon, it is highly revered by townspeople. Open daily from 8.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m. During the Songkran Festival, there is a procession of the Phra Phutthasihing image around the town to provide an opportunity for the people to conduct a water-pouring ceremony onto the Buddha image for good luck.
Wat Thammanimit (วัดธรรมนิมิตต์) is located in Tambon Ban Suan, on the Chon Buri-Phanat Nikhom Road, 1 kilometre from the town. It was constructed in 1941 and is a place where the Phra Phutthamongkhon Nimit Buddha image resides. It is a concrete Buddha image decorated with mosaic tiles in the Boarding a Boat posture (The image sits in the European style on the throne.The left hand is placed on his lap, while the right one is hanging by his side.) It is 34 metres high and is situated at the foot of the hill. Along the path to the summit, the scenery of Mueang Chon Buri can be viewed.
Ang Sila (อ่างศิลา) This is a seaside fishing village, some 5 kilometres from Chon Buri. Most villagers are skilled in making implements from granite. Items made are mainly mortar and pestle widely used in Thai households in the olden times and figurines of animals such as lion, elephant and horse as decorative items. Near the market are two European-style building in the reign of King Rama IV served as a convalescence home and a retreat for the royal household and foreign high-ranking officials. The buildings are considered the country’s very first seaside residence.
Wihan Thep Sathit Phra Kitti Chaloem 0r Nacha Sa Thai Chue Shrine (วิหารเทพสถิตพระกิติเฉลิม หรือ ศาลเจ้าหน่าจาไท้จื้อ) is located in Ang Sila sub-district, covering an area of 4 rai. It is a Chinese shrine, beautifully and gigantically constructed by the Dharma Rasami Maneerat Foundation along the seaside road from Ang Sila to Khao Sam Muk. It is a 4-storey building decorated in the extraordinary Chinese architectural art and housing various Chinese deity images such as Nacha Sa Thai Chue God and l000—handed Bodhisattva Kwan Yin image, etc. Walking to the upper levels, the splendid beach scenery can be witnessed. It is open daily from Monday to Friday at 8.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. On Saturday, it is open until 6.00 p.m., while until 8.00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, Tel. 0 3839 8381-4,0 3839 8399.
Khao Sam Muk (เขาสามมุข) This is a low hillock situated between Ang Sila and Bang Saen Beach, along the Road., facing the seashore. A habitat of scores of wild monkeys, the hill-top affords a panoramic view of the Bang Saen Beach. At the foot of the hill are Thai and Chinese shrines highly respected by visitors. Legend has it that the cliff—top was where two lovers jumped to their death because of parental objection.