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Reclining Buddha of Wat Khun Inthapramun, Ang ThongReclining Buddha of Wat Khun Inthapramun, Ang Thong
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Ang Thong is a small town with a population of 41,600 people. The name is written in Thai as อ่างทอง and read as . Ang Thong was originally known as Mueang Wiset Chai Chan and was located on the Noi River. It was renamed Ang Thong, which means "golden bowl", following its relocation from the Noi River, which has become too shallow for navigation, to the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. This took place during the Thonburi era (1768-1782). It should not be confused with Angthong Marine National Park which is in Ko Samui.

Seated Buddha of Wat Muang Ang ThongSeated Buddha of Wat Muang Ang Thong
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Ang Thong is a Thai town that will appeal to travelers who are interested in viewing Buddha statues from different periods of Thai history. They are found at three little known Thai temples. At Wat Pa Mok, you can view a reclining Buddha statue from the 15th century. To the northwest of town, at Wat Khun Inthapramun, is another reclining Buddha, a huge one measuring 50 m (165 ft) in length. This one dates from the Ayutthaya period (1351-1767).

Finally, north of town is Wat Chaiyo Wora Wihan with another enormous statue. This one is a seated Buddha known as the Phra Maha Phuttha Phim. It dates from the Rattanakosin period (1782-1932).

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