Wat Phra That Pha Ngao is located approx 4 kilometres south-west of town along the Chiang Saen – Chiang Khong Road. The temple’s chief attraction is its unique bell-shaped chedi sited atop a large boulder, immediately behind the restored viharn (adjacent to the carpark entrance).
The viharn contains the remnants of a stuccoed Buddha image, the Phor Pha Ngao, that was rediscovered in 1976 during the building renovations. Several old Chiang Saen-style Buddha statues are enshrined in the extensive, park-like temple complex.
The hilltop offers a panoramic view across the Mekong River into Laos and upstream to Chiang Saen township, and is the site for the Phra Boromathat Puttha Nimit Chedi, built in the 1980s.
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