Temples and Mosques in Krabi
Temples and mosques (or 'wat' and 'masa-yit', as they are called in Thai) are more than just places of worship. They are at the very heart of the local community they represent, providing guidance and education, as well as a social centre for festivals, ceremonies and charitable events.
Temples in particular are also a focus for artistic endeavour. Even in the most humble, you will find unique examples of architecture, sculpture, painting and decorative arts and crafts. Most local temples and all mosques are, however, off limits for tourists - unless invited specifically to visit by a local person. Please respect this.
There are a number of temples open to visitors, the most interesting of which is Wat Tham Seua, or Tiger Cave Temple. Set in a beautiful forest, the temple is in fact a famous meditation centre.
There are a small number of cultural attractions, monasteries and temples in the provinces of Krabi. The entrance fee to local attractions is usually very reasonable, with some offering free admission. Often there are two fees, one for Thais and another more expensive fee for visitors to Thailand. A Thai driver's licence can sometimes allow a foreign resident in Thailand to pay the lower Thai fee. Temples are usually free but donations are always welcomed.
Krabi Tiger Cave
Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua offers a genuine spiritual experience in stunning natural surroundings. Located close to Krabi town this is one of Thailand’s finest natural wonders and definitely worth a visit. The temple here is a warren of natural caves formed within a lush jungle and home to monks who worship and live in this beautiful environment. There are interesting icons and relics in the main temple cave but the real attraction here is the ‘footprint of the Buddha’.
The temple started as a small place for monks to learn about Buddhism, and now has grown to be a massive temple and one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand’s South. There is a large Chedi being built – 99 meters high – of concrete. There is a very high set of steps to climb – 1,256 steps climbing 280 meters up a limestone hill – offering an absolutely stunning view at the top
Wat Kaew Korawaram
Wat Kaew Korawaram is the biggest and most important temple in Krabi town and is perhaps second in popularity and beauty after the Tiger temple Wat Tham Seua throughout Krabi province. It is very remarkable, and the people called the White temple because on the outside it is dazzling white. Inside, the walls are inscribed with colorful frescoes depicting some stories from Buddha's life.
Wat Kaew Korawaram is a large Buddhist temple located on a hill overlooking Krabi downtown. Its origins date back to 1887, when 200 families settled at Baan Paknam (‘Estuary Village’ was the name of Krabi Town at that time). Monks and novices who coincidentally arrived first established a dwelling which would become Wat Kaew Korawaram later on.
The main building is located on the territory of the entire Church complex and a Park, which includes the monastery. You can calmly navigate through the entire site and see all that you want, but in some rooms you can enter only with the permission of the monks and priests, and some trails are only for walking of the monks and their meditation.