Rayong is known for its tropical fruit and as a connecting point to the famous Koh Samet. Some guidebooks even say the province is unremarkable, but Rayong has many things to offer, ranging from nature to old communities.
Wat Saranat Thammaram is in Klaeng town and regarded as one of the most beautiful temples in Rayong. Built about 70 years ago, the temple has a large ordination hall (ubosot ), which is 46m long and 36m tall, and houses Buddha relics and a principal Buddha image built in the same style as the famous Phra Phuttha Chinnarat image in Wat Mahathat in Phitsanulok. Each corner of the ubosot has a monk’s living quarters. The look of those structures are like some famous Buddhism landmarks such as Maha Bhodi pagoda in Bodh Gaya, India, Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakhon Pathom, Phra Barommathat Chedi in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phrathat Phanom pagoda in Nakhon Phanom province.
Take Klaeng as an example. This sleepy old town was founded as a community in the Ayutthaya period. It used to be part of the nearby Chanthaburi province before being designated as a district of Rayong in 1908.
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