Loei Tourist Attraction :
Phra Tha Satcha
| Situated 520 kilometers from the capital city of Bangkok, Loei is one of the most beautiful provinces of Thailand that shares borders with Laos on the north, Khon Kaen and Phetchabun province on the south, Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani and Nong Khai provinces to the east and Phitsanulok province to the west.
Present in this province is one of the most revered Buddhist sanctuaries in Thailand, also known as Phra Tha Satcha.
Phra Tha Satcha literally means the temple of truthful pledge. This temple was constructed in the year 1976 as a resemblance of Phra That Phanom that was present in the Nakhom Phanom province. The overall objective of this construction was to continue the legacy and spirit of Phra That Phanom, which was once a place of pilgrimage in the entire northeastern province of Thailand. When Phra That Phanom collapsed on 11 August, 1975, people of Thailand experienced feelings of loss and despair. So as to pacify these feelings and also to continue Buddhist traditions in this region, Phra Tha Satcha was constructed.
Remarkable aspect of Phra Tha Satcha is its 33-meter high pagoda that contains a 7-tiered umbrella on its top. The entire structure has a design similar to Phra That Phanom. Surrounding the base of the pagoda, one can locate the 3-layered petals of a blooming lotus. Holy relics of Lord Buddha that were once present in the Phra That Phanom and also the soil from that temple have been consecrated in Phra That Satcha. The best time to visit this temple is in February when the temple holds a grand celebration on the 15th day of the waxing moon. On this day, worshippers are allowed to cover Buddha’s footprints present inside the shrine with gold.