Wat Uttamaram is a Thai Buddhist temple at Teresek in Kampung Repek near Pasir Mas, Kelantan. It was established in its current location around 1925 by its then abbot, Khron Ratchanaren, who later achieved some fame locally and came to be known as Tok Raja.
When it was first built it was surrounded by dense jungle and only accessible by river. Furthermore the compound was said to be inhabited by demons with supernatural forces. Fortunately Tok Raja had a few miraculous powers of his own and was able to persuade his novice monks to persevere with their studies.
There around twenty structures in the temple’s compound including stupas, pavilions, halls, chief monk’s residence, a crematorium and pagodas. There are residential dormitories for both monks and nuns, a kitchen and dining hall, a band office, Thai language school and bell tower. To keep the monks and nuns active and fit there is a football field, badminton, volleyball and futsal courts. There is a children’s playground for visitors.
The entrance gate to the temple compound.
This building with its tall chimney is the crematorium. Rather creepy! Reminds me of Auschwitz.
This is the Dhamma Pavilion where the monks live.
Phra Vicaranayanmuni’s Stupa. Wild bees have built nests under the eaves.
Kesaranusom Memorial Hall. Ashes are stored here, presumably of deceased monks. Tok Raja has a separate chedi as his tomb.
I could not see a sign for opening hours but usually such temples would be open from 9am to 5pm with a rest period around lunchtime.
Admission is free but donations are welcome.
There is a shop selling amulets which are highly prized by those who believe in their magical powers.
I have marked the exact location on the map on my Top Kelantan Attractions page.
It is not so easy to find and not well signposted. If you need to ask someone for directions, locals usually refer to the temple as Wat Bangsek (or Bang Saet).
These GPS coordinates may assist:
GPS: 6°01'18.8"N 102°05'13.8"E
There is free parking for temple goers.
Two other Thai temples a short drive away are: