Wat Sri Panton in Nan Province is conveniently located near the city center, making it easy to visit. A gorgeous golden Buddhist temple stands out inside the temple in a dignified, gold-glittering attitude. In front of the Buddhist temple is a stucco sculpture of a seven-headed Naga, as well as murals depicting the history of the region. It is one of the tourist sites that visitors to Nan should not miss if they have the opportunity.
Wat Sri Panton story
Wat Sri Panton was established by Phaya Phan Ton (Count Pan Ton), the Phu Kha dynasty’s Ruler of Nan, who controlled Nan province from B.E. 1417 to 1426. The temple’s name is Phaya Phan Ton, and it was once known as Wat Sali Pan Ton (the term Sali means peepul tree). There was once a large peepul tree on the north and south sides of the temple, but it has since been cut down to make way for Chao Fa Road. In B.E. 1962, the King of Thailand bestowed Wisung Kham Seema on Wat Sri Panton (Wisung Kham Seema is an area that the King of Thailand specifically gave to monks to use for the construction of a chapel by declaring it a royal command). Wat Sri Panton is one of the unique temples because it has a beautiful Golden Buddhist temple. A stunning golden seven-headed serpent statue stands in front of the viharn and is considered the temple’s symbol. This temple is over 600 years old, having been established in the late Sukhothai or early Ayutthaya period. In addition, local craftsmen have painted line fancinated murals relating to Buddhism and Nan province’s history within the sanctuary.
Symbol of Wat Sri Panton
The seven-headed Naga
A stunning stucco painting of the seven-headed Naga can be found in front of the viharn. Having the responsibility of guarding the gleaming golden Buddhist temple’s stairwell. Anurak Somsak or Salarong, a local artist, created the sculpture, which appears to be delicate and alive.
Inside the Golden Buddhist temple
The Golden Buddhist temple’s inside is breathtakingly gorgeous, with paintings depicting Nan legends, Buddhist stories, and the Buddha’s history.
How to travel to Wat Sri Panton
Wat Sri Panton is easily accessible due to its location at the Panton crossroads. When tourists arrive in Nan from Bangkok, they will witness Wat Sri Panton, a golden Buddhist temple, standing majestically at the red light intersection that leads to Wat Phumin. Wat Sri Panton has a limited number of parking spaces, especially during the festival. It is advisable to walk from Wat Phumin, which is not far from Wat Si Phan Ton, which is around 600 meters to the west.
Address : Wat Sri Panton, Chao Fa Road, Nai Wiang Subdistrict, Mueang Nan District, Nan Province
Open for viewing: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.