Monday, October 16, 2017

Phu Phrabat Historical Park


Tourist Attractions in Amphoe Ban Phue

Amphoe Nayung-Amphoe Narm Som
(Highway 2 and Highway 2021)
Phu Phra Bat Historical Park
The park covers a vast area at the foot of Phu Phan range and comprises of several places of interest within short and long walking distances. Much of the park has paved paths to make walking easier. The park contains Phra Phutthabat Bua Bok (the pagoda of the Holy Footprint) and caves with pre-historic paintings of human figures, animals, and geometric designs. The park also has a large clearing on the rocks of various shapes and sizes stand and had once cast inspiration for the romantic folktale “Usa and Baros”. Here, the evolution of nature and human civilization can be studied at the same time. Fragments of boundary stones and an image of the Buddha in the Tawaravadee style carved out of sandstone have been discovered in rock shelters named Wat Pho Ta (Father-in-law Temple) and Wat Luk Khoei (Son-in-law temple) within the park.

Phu Phra Bat Historical Park is located at Ban Tiu (Tiu Village), Tambon Muang Phan ( Muang Phan Sub-district), Amphoe Ban Phue. To get to the park is quite complicated but definitely it rewarding drive. The park is accessible by an asphalt road from downtown Udornthani. Take Highway 2, Udonthani-Nongkhai  road, drive for 13km and turn left onto Highway 2021 for some 42km to Amphoe Ban Phue, then turn right for 500 meters before turning left to Highway 2348 for another 12km to reach the park.

Phra Phuttabat (The Holy Foot Print) Bua Bok
This pagoda is believed to have been built from 1920-1934, as a shatter for the Buddha Holy Footprint, The word ‘bua bok’ it the name of a plant that grows in the wild that has leaves like a water lily, This plant was found growing all around the holy footprint. The word “bua bok” is also believed to be altered from the Lao word “bo bok” which means “never drought”. There is also a big festival held annually around April to pay homage to the Holy Footprint.
Phra Phutthabat Bua Bok is located inside Phu Phra Bat Historical Park.

Na Yung Forest Park-Yung Thong Waterfall
The waterfall is 103km from Udonthani, in Ban Sawang, Na Yung sub-district , Amphoe Na Yung. It is a waterfall on the ridge of Phu Phan and Phu Ya U mountain ranges. The stream flows through a rocky cliff, and F*6s a 40-meter fall. Its rocky tiers, especially in the rainy season, are breathtakingly beautiful among the lush surroundings.
To drive to the park, first, take the Amphoe Ban Phue-Amphoe Narm Som road and look for intersection to Narm Som villege. From there, drive for another 17km, then there will be an intersection to the waterfall. The roar is very good condition

Phra Phuttabat (The Holy Foot Print) Bua Baan
Phra Phuttabat Bua Baan is where a model of the Buddha’s Holy Footprint is kept inside the temple. Pendants were found buried in the area and also carvings of different people, carved in Tawaravadee and Lopburi art styles. In addition to that, outside of the temple, one can also find unidentified prehistoric drawings.
Phra Phuttabat Bua Baan is located on a hill in the Muang Phan sub-district area. Drive passing Amphoe Ban Phue to Yaek Ban Tiu (Ban Tiu intersection), take a turn to Muang
Phan sub-district. then keep going for another 15km

Wat Pa Phu Kon (Phu Kon Forest Temple)
This temple is founded within a 100 rai forest. Every year , during April, around 100 Air Force cadet-students are practiced meditation and study Dharma during their summer break. In the temple there is the Lord Buddha relics in pagoda. This temple is a good place for meditation and praying.
Wat Pa Phu Kon is located in Ban Nakum area in Na Kong sub-district, Amphoe Na Yung, Udonthani.

Phu Kon (Mount Kon)
Located in Na Kong sub-district, Amphoe Na Yung, Udonthani, Among  the small forested mountains in the area one can find fresh air and a beautiful view. There is a stream that flows throughout the year. Phu Kon is a home to many wild animals like wild boars, bears, mouse dears, etc. The people in the area consider it as holy land. During the Songkran festival the local people will go up into the caves to bathe the abandoned Buddha statues and amulets found there.