Wat Phrathat Suthon Mongkon Khiri in
Phrae was founded in 1984 by Phra Athikaan
Montri (Phra Kruba Montri Dhamma), who sculpted his first
Buddha image when he was only 5 years old.
Today this monk is the abbot and a top artist and scholar in Buddhist art. The
temple-monastery was built on an 20 meter high hill covering an area of 25
rai and is associated with the nearby northern
Third Army base.