Sing Buri Province in Central Thailand


Singburi province Map, Central Thailand

Sing Buri was established in 1895 during the reign of King Rama V through a consolidation of three small towns located on the bank of the Chao Phraya River north of Ang Thong. The three small towns, Sing Buri, In Buri and Phrom Buri, were then established as a new town on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. At Tambon Bang Phutsa,the new town was named Muang Sing Buri. Changwat Sing Buri currently occupies an area of 822 square kilometers and is divided into six Amphoes; Muang, In Buri, Bang Rachan, Khai Bang Rachan, Phrom Buri and Tha Chang.

What to see and what to do in Singburi?


Wat Sawang Arom, situated in Amphoe Muang, is a center of Buddha image sculpting. Thee technique used was handed down from Ban Chang Lor school in Thon Buri. The collection of Nang Yai, a king of shadow play, at Wat Sawang Arom with 300 pieces in good condition is the most complete in Thailand.

Chaksi Reclining Buddha is housed at Wat Phra Non Chaksi, three kilometers from the town. The Buddha image itself is almost 46 meters long and can be viewed daily .

Reclining Buddha at Wat Phra Non Chaksi

Wat Na Phrathat

Villagers first called Wat Na Phrathat "Wat Hua Muang" buy later changed to the present name. It is located west of the Chaksi Reclining Buddha in Tambon Chaksi, Amphoe Muang Sing Buri. It houses a very old prang which is assumed to have been built during the ancient Khmer's glory.

Wat Phikun Thong called "Wat Luang Pho Phae" by the villagers, it is some nine kilometers from Wat Phra Non Chaksi (Chaksi Reclining Buddha) in Tambon Wihan Khao, Amphoe Tha Chang. People from all directions like to come to this monastery to pay their homage to Luang Phaw Phae. The main attractions are Thailand's largest sitting Buddha image called "Phra Yai Prathanphon" or "Phra Phuttha Suwan Mongkhon Mahamuni" constructed by Luang Phaw Phae and Dharma Garden which is a peaceful corner for mind purification.

Wat Phra Prang and Noi River Kiln is located in Tambon Choeng Klat, Amphoe Bang Rachan, some 17 km. from Sing Buri township. The Wat contains within its precincts a Prang assumed to have been constructed during the reign of King Narai the Great. The Prang measures 60 m. high and 20 m. wide at its base. There is a hill topped with a reproduced Buddha's footprint within the Prang. In addition, traces of 3-4 ancient kilns dating back to Ayutthaya period have been found nearby. The kilns were relatively large and once produced various kinds of pottery such as jars, bowls, mortars, pots, table tops and floor tiles.

Wat Phra Prang, Singburi

Wat Phra Prang, Singburi

Sing Buri National Museum
There are several exquisite archaeological subjects such as King Rama V 's palanquin, large shadow play characters of Wat Prasuk, various monk ranking ecclesiastical fans from the period of King Rama V, Green Stone Buddha Image and ancient sugar cane crushing machine. Near the museum lies Wat Bot, an old monastery having a most unusual style of construction. It uses iron rails as the core of the lower part and the entire Ubosot is of wood having splendid craftsmanship on its carved door and window panels.

Poi Sang Long Precession is the celebration of novice ordination which the Thai Yai tribe people hold to be a highly meritorious occasion. Offerings for monks are carried through the town in a gala procession. It is usually held during March and May before the Buddhist Rain Retreat period.