Phetchabun hilltop temple heaves with devotees on New Year's Eve
Wat Pha Sorn Kaew in Phetchabun’s Khao Kho district attracted thousands of devotees, who wanted to pray for a successful 2023.
Freelance photographer Ekachai Kesakorn said crowds began building from early morning on New Year’s Eve, with most of them being Myanmar migrant workers.
“The temple was very crowded,” he said, adding that everybody was instructed to wear a mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Wat Pha Sorn Kaew, also known as Wat Phra That Pha Son Kaeo, is set on an 830-metre peak between Phitsanulok and Phetchabun provinces.
The temple features a main pagoda and surrounding buildings adorned with over 5 million colourful mosaic tiles and pottery items and five bright white sitting Buddha statues.
Apart from Wat Pha Sorn Kaew, Phetchabura Buddhist Park, Sridit Waterfall and Wat Pa Phu Thapboek were also very popular among tourists.