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  Wat Somdet Phu Reua Ming Meuang

 

Thailand

The edifices at Wat Somdet Phu Reua Ming Meuang in Loei are made of teakwood and have walls decorated with exquisite carvings, mostly depicting scenes of —or related to— Buddhism.

 

The temple's naga-stairs and arched gate, the stone sculptures, such as  these nagamakara at the ubosot, and many of the Buddha images are carved from Mekhong River jade.

 

  Wat Somdet Phu Reua Ming Meuang

 

  Wat Somdet Phu Reua Ming Meuang

 

Whereas the main ordination hall of this temple in northeastern Thailand is home to a giant Phra Kring Buddha image (fig.), there are also several smaller wihaan rai that house jade Buddha images.

 

Some of the intricate woodcarvings are integrated into other architectural features, such as in the decorative part attached over the doorway and known as sarai ruang peung (fig.).

 

  Wat Somdet Phu Reua Ming Meuang

 

  Wat Somdet Phu Reua Ming Meuang

 

From the southern side, this mountain top temple can be reached by a covered staircase, which on the inside is decorated with intricate Buddhist art.

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