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Shrine of King Naresuan the Great 

Phitsanulok Provice: Shrine of King Naresuan the Great
    Also known as Song Kwae City and situated on the banks of Maenam Nam and Maenam Kwae Noi, the naturally beautiful province of Phitsanulok is strategically located in the northern part of Thailand.More....


Phitsanulok Provice: Thung Salaeng Luang National Park 

Thung Salaeng Luang National Park :
    Situated 377 kilometers from the capital city of Bangkok and covering an area of 105,815 square kilometers, the beautiful province of Phitsanulok can be aptly described as a tourist’s paradise simply because of the innumerable number of tourist attractions that it offers. One such attraction is the Thung Salaeng Luang National Park.  More....

 



 
 



Phitsanulok Province:

Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Woramahawihan 

    Phitsanulok is an important hub for travelers wishing to explore the beauty of lower northern and western Northeast Thailand. One such important tourist spot with which the entire province of Phitsanulok is identified with is the Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat Woramahawihan.

 

      Considered as one the most beautiful and revered Buddhist monasteries in the entire country, Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat Woramahawihan is also known among locals as “Wat Yai” and is located at the foot of Naresuan Bridge on the city side of Nan River. This temple is believed to have been constructed in the year 1357 during the reign of Phra Maha Thamma Racha I of Sukhothai dynasty.

      Present in this temple is the most beautiful and highly sacred golden sculpture of Phra Buddha Chinnarat, a large Sukhothai-style bronze statue of Lord Buddha that was cast in 1357. The most unique feature of this image is the way in which Lord Buddha is portrayed in the posture of submission. In fact, several contemporary Buddha images have been designed on the backdrop of Phra Buddha Chinnarat. Flame like halo present in background of the image is considered as a symbol of spiritual radiance.

        Another uniqueness of this temple is its architecture. The temple contains a large viharn that has an immense main entrance door that is embedded with pearls donated by King Boromakot of Ayutthaya dynasty in 1756. The entire flooring of the viharn has been done with Italian marble. Present inside the viharn are two painted pulpits placed besides each other on one side and also beautiful murals that illustrate the life of Lord Buddha. Present beyond the vihara is a 36-meter high Khmer style prang where the relics of Lord Buddha are enshrined. Also located inside the temple premises is the Phra Buddha Chinnarat National Musuem that houses several exhibits and items depicting the art style during the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods.

     Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Woramahawihan is open to visitors daily between 6.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. However, the best time to visit this temple is during the month of October. In this month, the annual Phra Buddha Chinnarat Fair is celebrated.

Phitsanulok Province: Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Woramahawihan

 

 

 

 

 
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