It is quite hard to believe that Wat Pa Lak Roi (วัดป่าหลักร้อย) is an actual temple from its theme and how the temple is set up. Wat Pa Lak Roi is located in the city of Korat A.K.A. Nakhon Ratchasima. It’s about 30 minutes drive from Terminal 21 Korat.
When you enter the street from the main road on the way to the temple, you’ll start to see many different statues in front of the houses along the way. You’ll finally know you arrived when you see a giant elephant statue with a welcome sign written in Thai.
Inside the area, you will see many different strange figures that would make you scratch your head and pictures what hell looks like in Buddhist belief. The figure of the statues denote pain and punishment. These statues are not only showing humans but also animals. You’d see many human statues that are half animal and half human. Another bizarre thing in this array of statues is the involvement of genitalia in the punishment which is somehow painful to see.
Of course, hell is not the only thing in afterlife. There’s a heaven. Temple shows what might heaven look like. As you climb up the stairs, you will see a much friendlier looking place with monk statues and other statues that may appear as different Gods.
Wat Pa Lak Roi is a temple after all. The statues you will see around is just a reminder for Buddhists (or for any believers) of how hell must be like-full of pain and suffering. It also reminds Buddhists that if we indeed live a good life, there is a peaceful place, heaven or as they call it “Nirvana” waiting for Buddhists.
If you plan to visit Wat Pa Lak Roi, it’s open to the public and free of charge.