Wat Phai Rong Wua – Thai Hell on Earth

Wat Phai Rong Wua has to be one of the most bizarre tourist attractions on the face of the Earth. Featuring scenes of torture, performed by devilish creatures, this Buddhist temple complex is what Thais expect hell to be like.

Mostly unkown to the Western world, Wat Phai Rong Wua is a popular destination for Buddhists, who flock here every year. Known as the location of the largest metal-cast Buddha figure in the world, and of the Palace of a Hundred Spires, Wat Phai Rong Wua also houses dozens of sculptures of people being tortured by demons and various monsters. Some are poked in the face with a tridents, while others suffer, with their insides hanging out, in the jaws of giant monsters. There’s blood everywhere and loudspeakers around the complex describe the tortures these sinners have to undergo.

Wat Phai Rong Wua doesn’t strike you as the kind of place you’d want to take your children, on a family vacation, but Thais from all over the country travel here, with their kids, to show them what can happen if they don’t say their prayers, or do bad deeds. Seems pretty weird, doesn’t it? I guess that’s why you hardly see any westerners around this place.

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  • Captain Howdy's 'Ho Posted on September 17, 2011

    Thai Torture!!! My Ohhh My!!! The Very Opposite Of Howard Finster!!! Pazuzu’s Garden Of Devilish Delite’s!!!!!! This Kind Of Sort Of In A Way Almost Makes Hieronymos ($pell Check!) Bosch Look Not Quite SoOoOo Very Scary And Frightfully Nightmarishly Disturbing. Even Tho Bosch Is Scary In His Own Direct And Indirect Kind Of Psychologically Disturbing Ways. And Even Tho These And Those Are Two Very Different Artists From Two Very Different Places, Times, And Cultures, and other things….so there prolly really isn’t any comparing them, excepting for that *in my little mind*, a conclusion got made….somehow or another….in the way that *worlds collide with nightmares and fantasies become realities*…… This Terrible Thai Torture Stuff Really. Kind Of Does Blatantly And Primitively Put The Raw Unabashed Gore-Gore Right Out There, And Makes You Rub Your Own Nose Init. Yikes!!!