Wat Phra Phutthabat Chon Daen is nicknamed “Wat Luang Phor Thop” after the former chief monk who brought a great development to the temple. It is located right in the center of Phetchabun making it a great stop before or after visiting other famous destinations in the province.
According to the legend, the Buddha has left a few footprints on large stones scattered around the world – one of which happens to locate at Wat Phra Phutthabat Ratchaworamahawihan in Ayutthaya province. The Buddha’s “footprint” here at Chon Daen thus is only an imitation of the real Phra Phutthabat. Nonetheless, it had been prayed over and consecrated so it is seen by worshippers as another holy object. Paying reverence to the Lord Buddha’s footprint is considered one of the highest forms of making merit so Wat Phra Phutthabat helps the Chon Daen people get closer to heaven without having to travel far to Ayutthaya.
However it is not the footprint that makes this temple stand out from the rest. Most of this temple’s visitors are disciples of Luang Phor Thop that turn up frequently to pray for his blessings. During Luang Phor Thop’s time, anything he said was known to come true and his followers could survive from accidents and dangerous situations miraculously. After Luang Phor Thop’s passing, these people built a large image of him at this temple so they can still pay respect and gratitude to him as if he is still here. Recently the Sub-District governmental office has improved the temple’s conditions and promoted it as another tourist attraction. The beautiful stairs with 7-headed Naga railings were built as a path uphill leading to the sanctuary. There is also a fish pond with a pavilion projected into the water where you can enjoy the breeze after seeing the main sights.
Although you may not be one of the religious followers, seeing the love and faith that the local people have for what they believe in is something truly beautiful. We hope you find inner peace and joy from this visit just like other visitors do.
Use Highway No. 1 (Phaholyothin) heading to Nakhon Sawan and turn right onto Highway No. 11 in Tatfah District, Nakhon Sawan. Continue on Highway No. 11 for approximately 130 kilometers until you reach Pichit Province, take a right turn onto Highway No. 113. Proceed for another 28 kilometers and you will arrive at the Chon Daen District of Phetchabun. The entrance to the temple will be on your left.