Wat Huay Mongkol (Huay Mongkol Temple) is a Buddhist temple set in large grounds to the west of Hua Hin. Wat Huay Mongkol is home to the largest statue of the immensely popular Buddhist monk Luang Pu Thuat who was famed for his ‘miracles’. Luang Pu Thuat lived some 400 years ago.
Huay Mongkol temple is in the moo baan (village) of Huay Mongkol which was previously known as Huay Khot. The area and inhabitants of Huay Khot village were poor and were visited by the King Rama IX in 1952. The King started a royal project to help the people of Huay Khot. Agricultural education for the mainly farming villagers and new roads to help the farmers get their produce to the local markets were made. The King also changed the name from Huay Khot to Huay Mongkol. The royal project also funded the building of a new temple, Wat Huay Mongol.
In 1964 the abbot of Wat Huay Mongkol collected the funds to make the temple building larger. In 1994 a new abbot had the idea of raising the status of Wat Huay Mongkol by a making statue of Luang Pu Thuat. That same year work began on making the giant monk statue. The statue of Luang Pu Thuat was completed in 2004. An opening ceremony attended by the Queen was held coinciding with the Queens 72nd birthday.
The actual statue stands a whopping 11.5 meters high from the base and is 9.9 meters wide.
What to do at Huay Mongkol Temple?
The drive itself to Huay Mongkol is nice, through the local countryside and pineapple plantations. When at the temple, besides the spectacular statue there are many interesting things to see and do. Many Thai people visit Wat Huay Mongkol everyday from all over Thailand to wai phra and to tamboon, paying respects to Buddha and merit making which can be done by all visitors. There are large beautifully carved elephant statues which people walk under for good luck, a sunflower field and a lake. All in all a pleasant day out for all.
Getting to Wat Huay Mongkol
Wat Huay Mongkol is located about 18km west of Hua Hin. As Wat Huay Mongkol is quite far you will need some mode of transportation, either a taxi, a car or a motorbike to get there. From Hua Hin town center head west, cross the railway tracks at the Chomsin Road (Soi 70) crossing and then take the first right (about 200m) onto the 3218 Road. Stay on the 3218 Road all the way to Wat Huay Mongkol. You will cross the Phetchkasem 4 bypass. About 3km from the Bypass you will have to turn left staying on the 3218, going straight ahead the road becomes the 3219. This road leads to Ban Huay Mongkol and Wat Huay Mongkol. The way is well sign posted and all local taxi drivers will know where it is.
Attraction type: Statue; Landmark/point of interest; Religious site