Wat Ban Rai is facing the east, so, it is the best time to take pictures there before 9:00 am. The elephant head and Naga will be backlit after noon. The temple has been designed with night lighting and when you arrive there in the evening, the lights below the Naga are warm, which will cover the elephant body, so Wat Ban Rai is also known as Thailand’s most magic fantasy temple.
Wat Ban Rai’s Naga is a dragon head and snake body, and there is a dragon king on the back. Naga has nineteen heads, and the numbers of two Naga add up to thirty-eight, representing sacred life. Each Naga uses one million tiles to make up. The seven-headed Naga in the pool represents seven colors and uses nine thousand tiles. The Naga Bridge symbolizes the way to the heavenly universe, and Wat Ban Rai is storytelling and mutually reinforcing.
Wat Ban Rai is surrounded by giant frescoes on the ground floor, each painting has a height of at least one and a half stories. The style of painting shows the dark and heavy hell, which forms an extreme contrast with the light heaven. The circular gradient of the ceiling symbolizes heaven and goes up the slope on one side to heaven.
After walking through the gates of heaven, this layer shows a process of Buddhist evolution. The top of the temple is dedicated to a walking Buddha, and in front of it is the golden statue of Master Long Po Kun. Looking down from the highest level of the tower, you can see the beautiful rural scenery of the northern Thailand.
Wat Ban Rai is more of a work of art and a museum than a temple. If you are not a Buddhist, then it is better to admire these breathtaking works of art with a visitor’s mindset. It is also an unforgettable and meaningful action in travel.