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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market  :

    Ratchaburi Travel Guide : Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
      Damnoen Saduak, popularly known as Khlong Ton Khem Floating Market, one of the most famous attractions of Ratchaburi. According to records, around 1856, King Rama IV ordered a canal to be dug for a distance of 32 kilometers connecting Mae Klong River at Bang Nok Khwaek to Tha Chin River at Pratunam Bang Yang. More....


Khao Ngu Stone Park :

   Ratchaburi Travel Guide : Khao Ngu Stone Park
     Khao Ngu Stone Park is located in the subdistrict of Ko Phlapphla and is situated at the foot of Khao Ngu Hill. It is around 8 kilometers from the town and has a cave that relates to Buddhism. More....



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Wat Mahathat Worawihan 

        Wat Mahathat Worawihan is called Wat Na Phrathat or Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat by the locals. It is an old temple located in Na Mueang District of Ratchaburi Province.


        It is believed that the temple was built during the Dvaravati era, around 10th to the 11th century, which is the same time when the old city of Ratchaburi was built. Around the 13th century, a Khmer sanctuary was built over the temple so that it would be in the center of the town as per the Khmer beliefs about the universe. Then there were fears that the sanctuary would collapse, so a new prang was built at the beginning of the Ayutthaya period.

        That is why when people visit Wat Mahathat Worawihan, they see a mixture of styles of architecture -- Khmer and Ayutthaya styles.

        The wihan of the temple is where the Phra Mongkhon Buri is enshrined. This is a stucco image of Lord Buddha in subduing Mara posture. The lap width of the image is around 157 inches. The image has the characteristics of pre-Ayutthaya art with its Sukhothai styled face. The image has a long body and short knees. It is facing east and another Buddha image is behind its back facing the opposite direction, which is west. This stems from the belief of asking Lord Buddha for blessings so that danger is prevented from the front as well as the back. This belief was prevalent during the Ayutthaya era and that is why the image is also called Phra Raksamueang or the protective city Buddha.

        A boundary wall is visible in front of the wihan and it is made from laterite.

Ratchaburi Travel Guide : Wat Mahathat Worawihan






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