A Thai Temple & Chinese Pavilion
Coming together in harmony both aesthetically and culturally, Thailand and China have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship, with each country contributing to the other’s arts and traditions. Discover hallmarks of Thai and Chinese culture with visits to Wat Yansangwararam, known simply as Wat Yan, and the Chinese pavilion, Viharna Sien. You will also admire the enormous Buddha image at Khao Cheejan Mountain.
DurationApproximately 3½ hours
Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.Garden-surrounded Wat Yan is located in Pattaya, approximately 45 minutes from the pier. The temple is under the patronage of the king of Thailand, and is one of the area’s most beautiful temples, unique for its modern architecture. Part of a 146-acre temple complex, this temple is just one element of the fascinating grounds, which include a Swiss chalet and Indian and Japanese shrines.
In fact, you will visit one of the more intriguing of the complex’s attractions, the Chinese pavilion known as Viharna Sien. Part of a collection of pavilions representing different countries, the pavilion is an extravagantly colorful, multi-roofed structure that took four years to build at a cost of 220 million baht. Inaugurated in 1993, the temple houses a collection of Chinese antiques and artifacts.
Not far from the Wat Yansangwararam temple complex is Khao Cheejan Mountain, or Buddha Mountain, a peak with a cliff face that boasts a laser-carved, gold-plated outline of a sitting Buddha. At 426 feet tall and 229 feet wide, the Buddha image is one of the world’s largest.
Pause to enjoy a soft drink and take photographs of this extraordinary Buddha image before returning to the pier and your Crystal ship.
In order to explore all three stories of the Chinese pavilion, guests will be required to climb a total of approximately 100 stairs. Guests should dress conservatively for their visits to the temples; shoulders and knees must be covered. It is also recommended that guests bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. Crowding can be anticipated at Wat Yan and the Chinese pavilion. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.