Wat Tai Nam (วัดใต้น้ำ) is literally translated as “temple under water”. It only appears in certain seasons and sounds like a mysterious legend. It was originally the famous Wat Wang Wiwekaram Temple in Sankaburi County, Kanchanaburi Province. It was built in 1955 and is the most important and respected Buddhist temple in the area.
The main Buddha statue in the temple has long been moved to a barren temple on the mountain. Between the mountains and forests, the Big Buddha sits peacefully in the barren temple, and it is still solemn. The Wat Wang Wiwekaram temple rebuilt according to it, built on the west side of the town of Sangkhlaburi, and now it is a symbol of peaceful coexistence between the people of Thailand and the Mon people. The glittering golden pagoda, and it is unimaginable that now the ruined water temple was once so brilliant.
Even though most of the time, the Wat Tai Nam temple is flooded, many tourists still come here to take a visit. There are no more temples on the lake. You can see a tall bell tower standing on the water, reminding people that there is a temple hidden here. Every year from October to January, the temple in the water will gradually reveal 1-2 meters of buildings. At this time, the gate of the temple was still hidden underwater. Only in the dry season of March and April each year, the water in the dam is greatly reduced, and the entire temple is completely exposed, and then people can walk to the temple to find out. At the Wat Tai Nam temple in April, there was no lake around, and only fresh green grass grows thickly. The pavilion, gangway, and stone gate in front are still standing here, accompanying the temple to stand firm. There is a broken Buddha head outside the temple door, and there are fresh wreaths worshipped by devouts around it. There are broken shrines and stone pillars that are scattered among the dry branches all around, reminding people that it has long been barren, revealing a kind of desolate beauty.
Address: 66 ซอย ศรีสุวรรณคีรี Tambon Nong Lu, Amphoe Sangkhla Buri, Chang Wat Kanchanaburi 71240
Opening hours: 06:00-18:00
Tickets: free; if you need to rent a boat, the rental fee of a boat is about 300-600 baht, with 45 minutes round trip, and it can take 5-6 people.