Wat Mettadharmabodhiyan is a Chinese temple in Kanchanaburi located 20km from Kanchanaburi train station. After a recent motorcycle crash I was encouraged to attend this Chinese buddhist temple in Kanchanaburi to pray and seek protection for my future riding.
The main entrance of the wat has large Asian Buddhism wooden statue’s garding the temple. Within the temple, you will have the opportuntiy to partake in buddhist merit then exorcise the infusion.
Merit (Sanskrit puṇya, Pāli puñña) is a concept in Buddhism and Hinduism.
Essentially it starts with you writing your day, month, year and time of birth on a scroll, then presenting the scroll and burning incense sticks to the idol that is approriate to your year of Chinese birth.
You are also required to light a candle on your departure, and on completion you are given three apples and tea to take home to help cleanse the body.
Inside the main temple, the attention to detail on the wooden sculptures is nothing short of spectacular, having some of the highest detail and quality I have seen anywhere in Thailand.
The sounds of monks chanting emanates from the main hall adding to the overall peaceful feeling at the wat. The grounds surrounding the wat are filled with smaller shrines, and the grounds are currently undergoing renovations.
You won’t find tourist buses rolling into this wat every 5 minutes, as it is somewhat out of the way located at the end of a long dead end road.
If you are wanting to visit a temple that is less travelled this would be one worth a visit.
Nong Ya, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi