Rich in archaeological discoveries indicating influences
from both Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism, Surat Thani was
the former territory of the Srivijiya Empire from the 7th
to the 13th centuries. Most of the remaining and rediscovered
artifacts are housed within the holy ground of the temples
in Surat Thani.
most famous monk, Phra Buddhadhasa, is highly revered both
locally and internationally as his teachings gave birth to
a new movement of Buddhism in Thailand. Suan Mokkha Phalaram,
in Surat Thani, has become one of the most significant and
respected temples in Thailand.
Chaiya National Museum
on the grounds of a temple, the museum has displays of prehistoric
artifacts as well as stone and bronze sculptures recovered
from nearby archaeological digs.
Phra Borommathat Chiya Pagoda
Borommathat Chiya pagoda is one of the most sacred shrines
of the Buddhist religion in Surat Thani.
Suan Mokkha Phalaram
and serene, this center for meditation and spiritual study
is located in a charming forest setting.
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