Wat Tub Berk is another temple in Thailand that the western world appears to know nothing about. It is not far from the spectacular Wat Pha Sorn Kaew and the two temples can easily be visited on the same day.
This temple can be seen clearly from Heaven Hill at Phu Tub Berk, and is proudly perched on one of the higher peaks in the Phetchabun Mountains.
There is an older and, perhaps to the westerner, somewhat disturbing single level temple at the top of the hill. The visitor is greeted with statues of Yaksha and huge golden seven headed serpents. There are not normally many people at Wat Tub Berk, and the few times I have been there, I have received some curious looks. Judging by these curious stares, I suspect that they do not get many western visitors.
Although economically speaking the small nearby village looks to be rather poor, there is obviously someone funding the mammoth new structure.
This new structure will be 37 stories and 80.9 meters tall when complete.
On my last visit in April 2015 the new temple had reached what appeared to be its’ full height. Next time I return to the temple, I will be watching with interest to see just how impressive the new Wat Tub Berk will be on the inside.
Wat Tub Berk Image Gallery
Below are a few photos from our visits to Wat Tub Berk. Click on any image to open a cascading light-box and to see a description of the image. The photo gallery contains images that show the construction stages of the new Wat from December 2013 to April 2015.