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Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya

        Wat Chaiwatthanaram. It is located in Ban Pom Subdistrict, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. On the west shore, outside the city island, along the Chao Phraya River. Wat Chaiwattanaram is a popular tourist destination in Ayutthaya, located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The Temple was built in B.E.1630 by King Prasat Thong to commemorate his mother, and its distinguishing feature is a massive center prang (Khmer-style pagoda) encircled by smaller prangs, signifying Mount Sumeru, the gods’ mountain.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Chaiwatthanaram history

       The king, Prasat Thong, built the temple in B.E.1630 as a testament to his mother’s residency in the area. It is named after a long-reigning and glorious era. Prince Damrong claimed it was created to commemorate Ayutthaya’s victory over Longvek. With a central prang of 35 meters and four smaller prangs. On a rectangular platform. Hidden doors with steep stairs lead to around halfway up. Eight chedi-shaped chapels surround the central platform, connected by a rectangular cross-shaped corridor (Phra Rabieng). The corridor was once roofed and opened inwards, but only the pillar foundations and the outside wall remain now. There were 120 sitting Buddha figures painted in black and gold along the wall.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

       The unusual shape of the eight chedi-like chapels They contained paintings on the inside and 12 reliefs on the outside showing scenes from Buddha’s life (Jataka), which must be “read” clockwise. Only pieces of painting and reliefs remain. These chedis had two sitting Buddha statues, and the four middle chedis had one large sitting Buddha statue, likewise in black and gold. Golden stars on black lacquer adorned the ceiling above the statues. The temple’s ordination hall stood outside the east corridors, near the river (Phra Ubosot). The king’s mother’s ashes were buried in two chedis north and south of the Ubosot. The temple was abandoned after the Burmese destroyed the old capital in 1767, including Wat Chai Watthanaram. Theft, the sale of ruined bricks, and the decapitation of Buddha sculptures were all prevalent. The Thai Department of Fine Arts began restoration work in 1987. It was publicized in 1992.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

Wat Chaiwatthanaram Architecture

inner base

       Wat Chaiwatthanaram. On the same base are the main and corner prangs. The main prang brought the early Ayutthaya pagoda form. But at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, the porch protruded considerably. A little chedi may have been affixed to the huge prang. The Chulamanee Pagoda atop Phra Sumen Mountain. A balcony with a roof surrounds the main prang. A wall of a religious space used to be gilded inside the balcony. In each of the eight directions, crematoriums were built, with Buddha images inside each one. The Ruean Kaew facade is completely lacquered and gold-gilded. The ceiling is also decorated with lacquered wood.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ubosot

       Phra Ubosot, outside the crematorium wall. Only the base remains. There are 12 wooden recessed chedis. Three tiers of walls encircle these ancient monuments, with little pagodas added later.

Crematorium.

       Crematorium. Surrounded by eight pagodas, the crematorium’s walls are painted with a faded Kanok leaf. The crematorium’s outside wall has 12 faded stucco images of the Buddha’s life, which were visible 20 years ago. The crematorium is a castle with 7 storeys supporting the top. The origin of the name comes from the crematorium. The Ayutthaya royal funeral concept from Mount Phra Sumen. The stucco Buddha is inside Wat Chaiwatthanaram’s cremation. A big Buddha image, Phra Phuttha Nimit Wichit Marmoli Sri Sanphet Borom Trilokanat (Phuttha Nimit). It is assumed that it was extensively renovated during King Prasat Thong’s reign.

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Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

How to travel to Wat Chaiwatthanaram

From Bangkok to Ayutthaya

– By private car from Bangkok to Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya There are various routes.

1. Drive through Pratunam Phra In on Highway 1 (Phahon Yothin Road). Then take Highway 32, then Highway 309 into Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya Province.

2. To cross the Nonthaburi or Nuan Chawee Bridges, take Highway 304 (Chaeng Watthana Road) or Highway 302 (Ngamwongwan Road). Continue on Highway 3111 until Sena District, then turn right. Take 3263 to Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya.

Travelers can use Google Maps to find more suitable routes.

Travel by Van.

To get to Ayutthaya, tourists can take a bus from Bangkok. The fare to Future Park Rangsit starts at 60 baht, depending on distance and pick-up spot.

Travel by train.

From Hua Lamphong Station, take the train north. Exit at Phra Nakhon Si Ayuthaya. Trains run daily from 04.20 A.M. until 10.45. P.M. Trains in the third class start at 15 baht. For further information, call 1690 or visit www.railway.co.th.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram,Ayutthaya, Thailand

Visiting Wat Chaiwatthanaram

-Own car Wat Chaiwatthanaram is outside Ayutthaya. via the Kasattrathirat Bridge path across the Chao Phraya river. Turn left when leaving the bridge. Then continue straight for 750 meters to the temple. (The temple has a parking lot.)

-Tuk-Tuk: In Ayutthaya, tuk-tuks cost 20-40 baht per person, depending on distance. The hourly rate is roughly 200 baht.

-Grabcar, an Ayutthaya region ride-hailing system using the Grab smartphone. You can check the fare rate on the screen before calling the car to various locations. Grab is available at http://grb.to/2F9a2bx.

Ticketing

10 baht Thai, 50 baht foreign, or a combo ticket of 40 baht Thai/230 baht. This pass allows access to the historical park’s temples and monuments. 30 days.

Important facts to know:

Visitors should dress modestly in sleeved shirts. Dress casually. And avoid wearing too-tight garments. Also, do not destroy or ruin the old place. including climbing and violating forbidden zones. From 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., different ancient sites in Ayutthaya Historical Park will be lighted.

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Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya

       This is a popular Ayutthaya temple for tourists. This antique temple, despite its appearance, is thought to date back to before Ayutthaya was founded. For a long time, the Chinese inhabited the neighborhood where this temple is located. Almost all Thais and Chinese-Thais come to Wat Phanan Choeng to worship the largest Buddha image in Ayutthaya, Phra Phuttha Trairatana Nayok, also known as Luang Pho To Buddha Image or Sam Po Kong Buddha Image in Chinese. Wat Phanan Choeng Worawiharn is located on the south bank of the Pasak River, opposite the main city, in Khlong Suan Plu Subdistrict. Wat Phanan Choeng may be found on the right after turning left from Wat Yai Chai Monkon about a kilometer.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

History of Wat Phanan Choeng

       Wat Phanan Choeng has a long and illustrious history. The construction began before the city of Ayutthaya was founded. It’s impossible to say who made it because there’s no definite evidence. Lord Sai Nam Phueng (Phra Chao Sai Namphung), according to the Northern Chronicles, was the founder and granted the name “Wat Chao Phra Nang Choeng,” as well as the old royal chronicles. The Buddha image was established in B.E.1867, according to Luang Prasert Aksornnit, which was 26 years before King U-Thong founded Ayutthaya. Luang Pho Sam Po Kong, a big Buddha image and the largest in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya was a stucco Buddha image in Buddha overcoming temptations, with a lap width of 20 meters and a height of 19 meters. It had been destroyed in the city’s trash, but it had been restored throughout. Until the time of King Mongkut of Rattanakosin, who ordered the restoration of the Buddha’s entire body in B.E.1851 and renamed him “Phra Buddha Trirattana Nayok,” or “Luang Pho Sam Po Kong” among Thai Buddhists of Chinese heritage.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       “Phanaeng Choeng” means “cross-legged sitting.” As a result, “Phanan Choeng Temple” (Wat Phra Naeng Choeng or Wat Phra Chao Phanaeng Choeng) refers to the temple in Luang Por To where the Buddha image is seated in the position of “Buddha conquering temptations.” Another temple legend is “Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak,” according to which the queen sat cross-legged while Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak resisted her death. They used to call the temple because Chinese people like to sit cross-legged rather than squat. Some people refer to it as “Wat Phra Nang Au Choeng” because of the cause of her death; however, if the temple’s name is translated as “Wat Phanan Choeng,” it refers to a temple with a sitting Buddha image, which is “Luang Por To.”

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Luang Pho To of Wat Phanan Choeng

       “Luang Pho To” or “Phra Buddha Trirattana Nayok,” a Buddha image in U-Thong art at the end, in the position of Buddha defeating temptations, cross-legged, lap-size 14.20 meters wide, 19.20 meters high, gold-lacquered stucco material Since the inception of the city, Luang Pho To has been recognized as an old amulet of Ayutthaya. According to the Ancient Documents of Luang Prasert Aksornnit, it was built in B.E.1868 or during King Ramathibodi I’s reign. According to legend, when the enemy conquered Ayutthaya, Luang Por To wept. Luang Por To, also known as “Sampokong” among Chinese people, is one of the most recognized people in the country. Every year, a large number of Chinese people, in addition to Thais, come to worship.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Golden Buddha statue in Wat Phanan Choeng

       The golden Buddha image, cement buddha, and Naga buddha are all major Buddha images in Wat Phanan Choeng’s ubosot. The first was constructed of bronze during the Sukhothai period, with a lap width of 3 cubits and a height of 4 cubits with a bright golden color reflecting beautifully. The middle one is an Ayutthaya era stucco Buddha image with a lap width of 4 cubits and a height of 5 cubits. The most recent Buddha image was a reddish-colored Sukhothai-era Buddha image with a lap width of 3 cubits and a height of 5 cubits.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

        This golden and Naga Buddha figure was recently discovered by chance, according to legend, because it was initially plastered with plaster until it resembled a general stucco Buddha image. The reason for this is most likely because Ayutthaya was invaded by the enemy in the past. People feared that the golden Buddha image and the Naga Buddha image might be stolen or burned back then. While the mortar was still wet, the gold was plastered to create a robe and various elements such as Sculpture the Buddha’s face and hair to show that it wasn’t a golden Buddha and a Naga Buddha image. Due to the crumb of cement that had been split out and the interior was gold, it was not realized until later that it was a golden Buddha image. As a result, the cement was gradually chipped away, revealing a golden Buddha picture ensconced within the temple’s chapel.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak

       Aside from Luang Pho To, which is a centerpiece of the temple, many people visit every day to worship. In the pre-Ayutthaya era, there is also “Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak Shrine” or “Mae Soi Dok Mak Shrine,” which is a memorial to love that ended in tragedy. Many individuals wish to pray for the blessing of love in their worship. According to the tradition of the Northern Chronicles, the King of Krung Jean (China) Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak had an adopted son named Soi Dok Mak by Jan Mak when she was a young woman with a beautiful appearance. The king of Ayodhya (Ayutthaya), according to the fortuneteller, would be her spouse. As a result, King Krung Jean had a royal message for King Sai Nam Phueng to deliver.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       After hearing the royal message, King Sai Nam Phueng traveled by boat to Krung jean. The King of Krung jean was overjoyed. As a result, he was given the task of organizing a procession to welcome Phra Chao Sai Nam Phueng into the palace, as well as the coronation of Phra Nang Soi Dok Mai as his bride. King Sai Nam Phueng returned to the city after paying his respects to King Krung Jean. As a result, King Krung Jean provided 5 junk boats and 500 Chinese workers talented in various disciplines to return to Ayothaya. When the king arrives at “Mae Bia Pak Nam,” which is near “Laem Bang Kacha” (in front of Wat Phanan Choeng at present), King Sai Nam Phueng was the first to arrive in the city, preparing the palace for the arrival of Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak. When Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak did not see King Sai Nam Phueng pick her up in the morning welcoming procession, she became enraged

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Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       As a result, she refused to get off the boat, claiming, “It’s difficult to travel to the city; why didn’t the king come to take me up when I arrived at the palace?” I’m not going anywhere till he comes to pick me up.”  “If she has already arrived, stay there as she pleases,” King Sai Nam Phueng responded, thinking she was joking. The monarch then came to fetch her up on his own when he boarded the junk where Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak was staying. As a result, she had a lot of complaints to make to him. King Sai Nam Phueng was perplexed as a result. “Stay here if you don’t want to get up.” Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak misunderstood what he said. She misunderstood what he meant to say and resolved to kill herself on the royal barge at Pak Nam Mae Bia until she died. It was king Sai Nam Phueng’s deep sadness that he kindly brought the body to the royal fire at Laem Bang Kacha and constructed a monastery there called “Wat Phra Chao Phra Nang Choeng” or “Phanaeng Choeng,” which means “the touchy queen.” The king then authorized the construction of Mae Soi Dok Mak Shrine to memorialize her love. From before the Ayutthaya era until the present day, this temple has served as a reminder of Thailand’s long-standing friendship with China. There are additional events to keep Chinese traditions alive, such as the pouring of baskets and cleaning the Chinese cemetery, among others.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       Chinese architecture and art are abundant at the Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak Shrine. Pei Niang is inscribed in Thai and Chinese characters on the placard in front of the temple. It signifies “grieving girl” when translated separately, but “merciful mother” when translated together. The shrine is a two-story brick structure with intricate stucco decorations. The owner of the property is on the ground floor, while the goddess Guan Yin, Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak’s idol, is on the second floor. It also houses a Chinese-style statue of Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak, which the Chinese hold in high regard. Almost everyone came to the temple to cover Luang Pho To’s riches, and they also had to show homage to Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak. This shrine also houses an antique anchor, which is thought to be the anchor of the Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak vessel. For a long time, people have spoken about Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak’s purity and supernatural power. She is claimed to be monogamous, devoting all of her affection to King Sai Nam Phueng and forbidding any man from touching her statue under any circumstances.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       A man came to clean the image of Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak decades ago. When the man came home, he appeared to be in excruciating pain and died for unknown causes. In the past, there was a scenario identical to this where two men came to polish her picture and died quickly. Phra Nang Soi Dok Mak was known to be dissatisfied, and she still refuses to let any man touch her image. There will be a ceremony to worship Mae Soi Dok Mak Shrine when a Chinese opera is performed in the ninth month at Wat Phanan Choeng. The incense burner is the sole thing summoned to the outdoors during the shrine’s ritual procession. People who are Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak mediums from all around the world will attend this event. It is believed that Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak, a medium who typically can not speak Chinese, was able to speak Chinese astoundingly well.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

       Previously, the shrine’s whole staff was made up of Chinese people who could listen and speak the language fluently. They asserted “Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak used to come here and inquire for old treasures that she had acquired from China. What happened to it and where is it now?” Furthermore, every member of the shrine’s management team had already witnessed Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak. She is dressed in white Chinese clothing and has a stunning face.

       The holiness of Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak is still revered today. Those who come to the shrine and express a wish, such as requesting a child, life success, or love, are frequently granted their wishes. They return to Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak with pearl necklaces, cosmetics, and lion dances when they have obtained everything they require. The legend of Prince Sai Nam Phueng and Queen Soi Dok Mak is also a legend of Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan’s building, leading people to believe that Chao Mae Soi Dok Mak can inspire individuals who pay tribute to realize their goals in every way.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Travel to Wat Phanan Choeng

Getting to Ayutthaya from Bangkok

-Private cars from Bangkok, can travel to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. There are several routes as follows.

1. Take Highway No. 1 (Phahon Yothin Road) through Pratunam Phra In. Then turn left onto Highway No. 32, turn left onto Highway No. 309, into Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province.

2. Take Highway No. 304 (Chaeng Watthana Road) or Highway No. 302 (Ngamwongwan Road), turn right onto Highway No. 306 (Tiwanon Road) and cross the Nonthaburi Bridge or Nuan Chawee Bridge. to Pathum Thani Province, continue with the route Pathum Thani-Samkhok-Sena (Highway 3111) turning right at Sena District. Take Highway No. 3263 to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province.

Travelers can check more suitable routes from the Google Map application.

– Van. Tourists can take a Bangkok-Ayutthaya van at Mo Chit Bus Terminal. Or at the Future Park Rangsit shopping mall, the fare starts at 60 baht, depending on the distance and the pick-up point.

– Train Visitors can use the train that runs north from Hua Lamphong Station. Get off at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Station The trains are available daily from 04.20 A.M. 10.45 P.M. Fares start at 15 baht for third-class trains. Tourists can contact the State Railway of Thailand for more information at 1690 or visit www.railway.co.th.

Wat Phanan Choeng, Ayutthaya, Thailand

How to get to Wat Phanan Choeng

– private car Wat Phanan Choeng is located outside the island of Ayutthaya. from the island of Ayutthaya Drive to the Chedi Wat Sam Pluem Roundabout. Turn left until you see Wat Yai Chaimongkol. Then turn right and drive straight to find Wat Phanan Choeng by the river.

– Tuk-Tuk: In Ayutthaya, there are tuk-tuks available at a rate of 20-40 baht per person, depending on the distance. For chartering a car: The cost of renting a tuk-tuk per hour is around 200 baht.

– Grabcar: The Ayutthaya area has a ride-hailing system through the Grab application. You can check the fare rate each time on the screen before you click to call the car to various places. Tourists can download the Grab app at http://grb.to/2F9a2bx.

Buying tickets for Thai nationals is free. Foreigners have an entrance fee of 20 baht.

Address: Moo 2, Khlong Suan Phlu Subdistrict, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/BArmRHdvmvzToTb87

Open for viewing: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Website : https://www.facebook.com/Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan

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Wat Chedi Hoi, PathumThani

       Wat Chedi Hoi is a well-known temple in Pathum Thani. It is situated in the Bo Ngoen Subdistrict of the Lat Lum Kaeo District. The tall shell pagoda at this temple is awe-inspiring to many visitors. The temple has two Buddha images, the first of which is at the entrance. The second body is located near the temples. In addition, the temple grounds include agricultural attractions such as the “Wan Ya” herb garden, the Museum of Long Boats, and a large pond with countless Siriped Catfish that are fed by the temple. Furthermore, there are a large number of and a turtle pond beside the swamp where visitors can buy food to feed the fish and turtles.

Wat Chedi Hoi, Pathumthani, Thailand

Wat Chedi Hoi's History

       This temple was built in 1995 by a monk named “Phra Kru Sunthon” or “Luang Phor Thong Klang Suntaro.” The temple’s history is fascinating because it arose from a pilgrimage in Burma during which Phra Kru Sunthon met Phra Ajarn Silbanta for a year. He studied the magic until he was clearly wise, then returned to Ong Juk cave in Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi Province. When he stayed in the cave where his visions were born, it was a big city called Rattanawadee, and he was the governor of the city.

Wat Chedi Hoi, Pathumthani, Thailand

       So he traveled by following where he looked for visions until he found and intended to build this ground into a monastery area. While digging a pond to create a reservoir for watering medicinal plants, he came across a giant oyster buried under the ground that is thousands of years old. Finally, he brought naked giant oysters discovered to build a massive shell pagoda and established the temple known as “Wat Chedi Hoi” until today.

Wat Chedi Hoi, Pathumthani, Thailand

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Travel to Wat Chedi Hoi

       Private car: take Highway 341 (Pathum Thani-Lat Lum Kaeo) to the 21st kilometer mark, then turn right towards the temple for another 10 kilometers; it is quite deep. Turn left into the temple when you see the shell pagoda in front of it to find Chedi Hoi Temple.

       Bus: Starting at BTS Mo Chit, take bus number 29,510 to Rangsit Market, which is opposite Rattanakosin Village. There will be an entrance to the Rangsit-Pathum Garage, where you can take route 1138 to the Pathum Market Pier and connect to the Lat Lum Kaeo bus to go out. Take note that the bus will drive past the Kanchanaphisek Bridge, cross it, and then turn around. There will be a motorcycle and motorcycle trailer beside the service to the Chedi Hoi Temple to get off the opposite side and cross the road.

If the bus 29, 510 does not stop at Rangsit Market, take the bus 1138 Rangsit – Pathum Thani to the Rangsit – Pathum garage.

1. A minibus, Rangsit – Jarusorn, will run between Future Park Rangsit and Major Rangsit. The car will arrive frequently, and the fare is 9 baht. The bus will make two stops before entering the Rangsit-Pathum garage.

2. An overpass will be built between Future Park Rangsit and Major Rangsit. To cross the bridge to the other side and board the car at the curve. All buses that pass through this curve will terminate at Rangsit-Pathum Garage (the bus fare only at this time is 4 baht). Take the overpass to the bus stop (under the bridge) or the sign on Rangsit-Pathum Road.

Address : Chedi Hoi Temple, Bo Ngoen Sub-district, Lat Lum Kaeo District Pathum Thani Province

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/XVK14yZyZwKbn81e9

Open for viewing:  08.00 A.M. – 4.30 P.M.

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Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai

       Wat Phrathat-haripunchai (Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan) is located in Lamphun’s city center, with Asadharos Street to the north, Chaimongkol Street to the south, Rob Muang Street to the east, and Inthayongyos to the west enclosing it on all sides. Lamphun citys’ City Hall is only 150 meters away from the shrine. Wat Phrathat-haripunchai Woramahawihan was constructed in 1108, during King Atthitayaraj’s reign. The temple has been in existence for more than 900 years.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai tale

       Once upon a time, King Atthitayaraj ordered the construction of a castle and the subsequent planting of a toilet near the castle; nevertheless, he had no knowledge of the spot where the Lord Buddha’s relics were enshrined. Every time he finished using the toilet, a raven would fly over to the King’s head and defecate on his head. A crow once tried to evict him from that location. As a result, he felt both enraged and ecstatic at the same moment. The king instructed his courtiers to capture the crow, but no one was able to do so. To catch the crow, King Atthitayaraj must pray to the guardian angel.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

       Finally, the crow was apprehended and taken into custody that night. In his dream, the goddess appeared and instructed him that he needed to bring a seven-day-old baby who would be kept in the same cage as a crow. The baby can understand and speak the language of crows if he or she listens to the crow every day until he or she is nine years old. The goddess then instructed the king to question the baby about the crow’s behavior toward him. When the infant had reached the age of nine, the king realized the truth: the crow is the keeper of Buddha’s relics. After that, he ordered the toilet to be demolished, the bad dirt to be dug out, and good soil to be brought in to replace the land, along with sand.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

       To pay honor to the Buddha’s relics, the king had a ceremony put up with fragrant flowers and candles lit. Following the ceremony, the Buddha’s relics miraculously appeared from the ground. As a result, the king ordered the construction of “Phra that,” a six-meter-high Mon pagoda, as well as a viharn with arches on all four sides covering a 1.5-meter-high golden cinerary containing the Buddha’s relics. Furthermore, the king required the construction of a temple of worship, which included numerous large and small pavilions and became an important temple in the city. Following that, it is recognized in ancient tradition that anyone building a house in Lamphun must not exceed a height of six meters since it is higher than the relics.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

       Later, during the reign of King Sappasit, he ordered the construction of a gold urn to add  more  raise “Phra that” to a height of roughly four meters, a custom that was continued by every king who reigned over the city. Until King Khan Mengrai the Great took control of the city of Haripunchai. He ordered that Phra That be raised by 20 meters and that gold be brought to cover Phra That. This artifact has been renovated countless times since then. During King Tilokarat’s reign in 1986, he ordered that the height of Phra That be increased to 46 meters, the base width to 24 meters and hight to one meter, and the top of the Phra That to have seven layers of tiered umbrella.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

       Later, Phra Muang Kaew rebuilt and built a spear porch, which served as a city boundary, and then built a royal viharn in 1786. During King Kawila’s reign, Phra That was restored, and a layer of tiered umbrella was increased to nine layers, as well as royal tiered four corners. The base of the Phra That is square in design, 20 meters wide on each side, and the pagoda is surrounded by a brass fence.

The most interesting of Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

Arch gate

       Before accessing the temple area, visitors must pass through brick arches with intricately patterned plaster. It dates back to the Sriwichai period and is an ancient craft. It’s a three-tiered arch. A pair of enormous lions stand beautifully on a 1 meter high plinth in front of the arch. King Athitayarat’s reign, when he offered the palace to a monk.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

Viharn Luang

       After passing through the arch gate, you’ll notice “Viharn Luang,” a big viharn. There is a big structure with balconies on all sides and porches on the front and back. Instead of the old temple, which was swept away by a storm in 1923, it is a freshly constructed temple. Every day, Viharn Luang was used as a place of worship and religious activities. Inside the viharn is a big Buddha image made of brick and mortar, lacquered and gilded on a glass pedestal, as well as three Buddha, medium-sized metal casting sculptures from the Chiang Saen period, representing the first and middle classes.

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Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

Pathumwadi Chedi or Suwan Chedi

       It’s at Phra That Haripunchai’s northwest corner. The chedi was made using laterite and bricks in the same construction style as the square chedi or the Ku Kut chedi at Cham Thevi temple in Lamphun Province. It’s a stacked square base chedi in the shape of a castle. The four-sided arches were ornamented with each of the five layers. On each side, there are three porches. A terracotta is enshrined within the arch. Gilding traces can be seen on Buddha’s feet. Only a few are still visible at this time. The pagoda’s top is a stucco petal with sheet metal covering. The highest point is the slender, pointed cone that leads up to Suwan Pagoda bears major impressions, like Phra Perem, which is famed in Lamphun.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

Bell tower

       Phra That Haripunchai is located to the northeast. It was created in 1938 by Phrakhru Phithak Chetiyanukit (Kruba Khamfu) as a tower for hanging bells and huge bells. A big bell, cast under the reign of Chao Luang Dara Direk Ratanapairote, hangs at the summit. The faith to erect this enchantment in Wat Phra Sing, Chiang Mai, as an offering to Phra That Haripunchai was cast in 1860 by Kruba Sung Hedgehog by Kanchana Maha Thera, the abbot of Wat Pa Muang Phrae Temple and the city governor of Chiang Mai.

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai Woramahawihan, Lamphun, Thailand

How to travel to Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai

Going to Lamphun Province

– A car/bus ride from Bangkok to Lamphun Province, a distance of 658 kilometers, takes approximately 8 hours and 15 minutes.

– Travel to Lamphun Province by train from Bangkok. The quickest time is approximately 11 hours and 30 minutes, but depending on the type of train, it may take longer.

Lamphun is devoid of an airport. Those flying prefer to land in the nearby province of Chiang Mai and then travel by car or bus to Lamphun.

How to Get to Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai

Wat Phrathat-Haripunchai is located on the outskirts of Lamphun. Visitors to the city can easily travel by having a pedicab that can be used for general services, with service rates starting at 20 baht.

Address : Wat Phra That Hariphunchai Woramahawihan, Rob Mueang Nai Road, Nai Mueang Subdistrict, Mueang Lamphun District, Lamphun Province

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/H4N5R9ioSnH6ds4q8

Open for viewing: 06.00 A.M. – 06.00 P.M.

Tel : 0-5356-3612

Website : https://www.facebook.com/watpratadhariphunchai/, www.hariphunchaitemple.org

Admission fee, foreigners 20 baht.

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Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

       Chalermchai Kositpipat, a well-known Thai artist, designed and built Wat Rong Khun. The temple blends Lanna culture harmoniously with both stucco patterns embellished with mirrors and big wall murals, and was erected with a great determination to create particularly beautiful works of art. The white ordination hall is stunning, with gleaming silver mirrors and distinctive stucco patterns, as well as gorgeous murals that are hypnotic to look at.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun story

       Around 1887, a small group of peasants settled on farmland near Ban Rong Khun hamlet (the location of Wat Rong Khun at present). The people rely on a small river that feeds into the Mae Lao River and has an opaque appearance, earning them the nickname “Ban Hong Khun” (Rong Khun) because “Khun” means opaque. Later, Khun Udomkitkasemrat (nobleman) brought his family and friends into the community, bringing the total number of homes to around 50. He’d planned to create a monastery within the town to serve as the community’s mental anchor. As a result, Wat Rong Khun was born and has lived until now.

       Wat Rong Khun was founded on the western bank of the Lao River, near the Mae Mon River, some 500 meters south of the Rong Khun River. A group of Buddhist believers in the area banded together to construct a pavilion and a cubicle out of wood for religious purposes. The people chose “Thongsuk Bawin,” a monk from Wat San Sai Noi, Moo 13, as the first abbot.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

       Water eroded the temple as a result, and it was no longer able to preserve the religious site. Later, when Mee Kaewleemsai, the new village head, was promoted, he chose to relocate the temple to his paddy field, which was located on the west side of the road, adjacent to the Rong Khun River. Thongsuk Bawin left the temple soon after, leaving the temple with only three novices. Tar Dewarat, one of the three novices, later retired as a layman. The villagers held Tar Dewarat in high regard. As a result, he was appointed as a village headman, eventually rising to become the headman of Bua Sali Subdistrict (the first headman of Rong Khun Village). Tar Dewarat noticed that the hamlet had grown in size and population, and that the temple was narrow and located near a river, which would cause problems for the locals when the flood season arrived. As a result, the headman and the villagers decided to relocate the temple to its current position. Mrs. Bua Kaew, Tar Dewarat’s wife, donated the 4 rai of land on which the temple stands. Villagers work together to build a new temple and travel to Wat Mung Muang, Mueang Chiang Rai District, to welcome monk “Duangrot Aphakara” to become the next abbot.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

       During the time of the abbot, “Phra Duangros Apakaro.” Wat Rong Khun was a wealthy temple. There were four monks, ten novices, and two nuns. After many years, Phra Duangros Apakaro has relocated to a new temple. As a result, Wat Rong Khun was once again without monk leaders. As a result, the villagers came to Mueang Chiang Rai District to meet with the monk dean and beg for select monks to become abbots of Wat Rong Khun. The monk dean dispatched Phra Inta to the new abbots, but he only stayed for a year before relocating to another temple.

       In the year 1956, the people returned to Wat San Sai Noi to ask and invite Phra Sawai Chakro to become the abbot. In 1964, he constructed the main hall. Later, in 1977, Phra Sawai, headman Peng, and villagers venerated an ancient stone Buddha from Nong Sa Village, Mae Chai District, as the chapel’s principal Buddha image. Wat Rong Khun thrived, with Thai and Chinese religious groups settling in the area and some dispersing to other locations. When they get wealthy, they return to help maintain the temple, as is customary.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

       There are also many foreign religious groups that trust the abbots and have traveled to give merit and donations, so the temple’s construction was completed. Phra Sawai was promoted to “Phra Kru Chakriyanuyut” in 1994. In 1995, Phra Kru Chakriyanuyut constructed a new pavilion for baking herbs to heal people who were addicted to drugs, which was a major initiative for the temple. However, he was paralyzed, and the project was canceled as a result.

       Wat Rong Khun devotees planned to demolish the old chapel, which had been standing for 38 years and had been taken over by a massive swarm of bats. On June 3, 1995, they agreed to build a new chapel and demolish the existing one. On November 26, 1995, a ceremony was organized to lay the foundation stone for the new structure.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

       The current chapel’s construction began on February 3, 1996, although only the central chapel’s structure was completed. Because of the 1997 economic downturn, temple factors became scarce. The great artist, Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat. He was born into the Ban Rong Khun family and has pledged to continue to build a chapel as a Buddhist worship offering, hoping that the temple will become “Art for the Land.” He opted to build the chapel with his own money, with no intention of interfering with the temple or the villagers’ efforts to raise funds to build a temple in the midst of an economic downturn.

       Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat has arrived to make renovations, and the temple now impresses both Thais and visitors. Wat Rong Khun has grown from obscurity to become a well-known temple that serves as a showcase for the region and the country. When completed, the temple construction project will include four buildings: a chapel, a castle storing relics, a Rai Museum pavilion, and a pavilion to greet visitors to the temple.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

The chapel's significance

White: the purity of the Buddha

Bridge: A walk across from the cycle of birth and death to Buddhism

Mouths of the devil: passion in the heart

The ridge of the bridge: There are eight demons on each side, two on each side, together representing sixteen defilements.

The middle of the bridge : Mount Phra Sumeru, the Divine Lotus : There are 4 large flowers on the side of the chapel representing the arch of the 4 noble monks, namely Phra Sotaban, Sakitagami, Anagami, and Arahant.

Stairs leading up : There are 3 steps instead of Anacchan(impermanent), Duk Khang(subject to suffering), Anatta(non-self).

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Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun's structures and symbols

       The white temple compound will include nine buildings when finished, including the existing ubosot, a relics hall, a meditation hall, an art gallery, and monks’ housing rooms.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

The "cycle of rebirth" bridge

       The “cycle of rebirth” bridge: the ubosot, the white temple’s main edifice, is approached by crossing a bridge over a small lake. Hundreds of outstretched hands stand in front of the bridge, symbolizing unbridled yearning. The bridge says that avoiding temptation, greed, and want is the route to happiness. Two exceedingly gorgeous Kinnaree, half-human, half-bird creatures from Buddhist mythology, stand next to the lake.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun, Gate of Heaven

       The visitor arrives at the “door of heaven” after crossing the bridge, which is guarded by two creatures representing Death and Rahu, who judges the fate of the dead. Several meditating Buddha pictures stand in front of the ubosot.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Ubosot of Wat Rong Khun

       Ubosot: The main structure, the ubosot, is an all-white structure with mirrored glass fragments placed in the façade. The ubosot incorporates ancient Thai architectural aspects such as the three-tiered roof and the extensive usage of Naga serpents.” The decor inside the temple shifts from pure white to flaming and perplexing. Murals feature swirling orange flames and monster faces, with Western icons like Michael Jackson, Neo from The Matrix, Freddy Krueger, and a T-800 series Terminator interwoven. Nuclear weapons, terrorist assaults like the World Trade Center attack, and oil pumps serve as stark reminders of humanity’s devastating impact on the planet. Although the appearance of Harry Potter, Superman, and Hello Kitty muddles the message, the overarching theme is clear: people are evil.”

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

The golden structure, Wat Rong Khun

       The golden structure: “The rest rooms building is a structure that stands out due to its hue. This golden structure, which is ornately adorned, depicts the body, while the white ubosot represents the mind. The gold represents how humans are consumed by materialistic ambitions and money. The white building depicts the idea of earning merit and focusing on the intellect rather than worldly possessions.”

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

How to travel to Wat Rong Khun

       Take the Chiang Rai – Bangkok road, pass through Phayao Province, Mae Chai District, Phayao Province, Phan District, Chiang Rai Province, and drive towards. After leaving Phan District, cross the Mae Lao Bridge (Laos River) and continue driving till you reach Mae Suai Intersection (Separate to Mae Suai District and go to Chiang Mai Province). If you look on the left hand side approximately 10 kilometers before reaching Khun Korn Intersection (the path to Khun Korn Waterfall), you will see about 200 meters. The white temple will draw your attention. Turn left at the fork in the road to Khun Korn Waterfall. Wat Rong Khun will be around 100 meters away, 13 kilometers from Chiang Rai city, on the main km. 816, Phahon Yothin Road (No. 1/A2).

       When leaving Chiang Rai city and coming from Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai International Airport, or Chiang Rai city, turn south on the road to Phan District, Chiang Rai Province, or on the way to Phayao Province. Then, at the 2nd bus station, you’ll come to a red light junction. Continue straight until you get to a red light, then turn right at the Khun Korn Intersection (which leads to the Khun Korn Waterfall). Wat Rong Khun is only a few minutes away from Chiang Rai city.


       If coming from Chiang Mai Province, take Doi Saket District, enter Wiang Pa Pao District, Chiang Rai Province, continue through Mae Suai District until you reach Mae Suai intersection, turn left to Chiang Rai Province (turn right to Phan District, go Phayao Province) from Mae Suai, and drive for about 10 kilometers until you reach Khun Korn Intersection. Turn left (on the route to Khun Korn Waterfall) into


       Wat Rong Khun is open to the public every day of the year. 0 5367 3579, TAT Chiang Rai office Tel. 0 5371 7433, and the Tourism Management Center Chiang Rai Province Tel. 0 5371 5690, or for more information call 0 5367 3579, TAT Chiang Rai office Tel. 0 5371 7433, and the Tourism Management Center Chiang Rai Province Tel. 0 5371 5690. Foreign tourists must pay a 50 baht entrance fee at Wat Rong Khun.

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Wat Pa Phu Kon, Udon Thani

       Another lovely temple in Thailand’s northeast is Wat Pa Phu Kon in the Na Yung District of Udon Thani province. The splendor of Buddhist art building and the peacefulness of Wat Pa Phu Kon attract visitors. This temple is located in the heart of rich mountains and maintains the prosperity forest, wildlife, and diverse plants on an area of more than 3,000 rai. Tourists who have the opportunity to visit Udon Thani should go to the temple to worship.

Wat Pa Phu Kon, Udon Thani, Thailand

Wat Pa Phu Kon story

       Wat Pa Phu Kon is located in the Na Yung-Nam Som National Forest Reserve at Ban Na Kham Yai, Tambon Ban Kong, on the border of three provinces: Udon Thani, Loei, and Nong Khai. The temple arose from a number of Buddhists’ recognition of the contribution and benefits of nature and watershed forests, which were gradually deteriorating, as well as their desire to follow in the footsteps of the late King Rama IX in keeping forests fertile. As a result, they sought permission to build Wat Pa Phu Kon on land within the Na Yung-Nam Som National Forest Reserve. Wat Pa Phu Kon is a tranquil location where monks can practice meditation and mental development. The image hall, surrounding pavilions, and buildings on the hilltop are all beautifully designed in the Thai style. The image hall in Rattanakosin art has three entrances and houses the “Phra Phuttha Saiyat Lokkanat Satsada Maha Muni,” a white marble Buddha image in the posture of entering Nibbana.

Wat Pa Phu Kon highlight

Wat Pa Phu Kon, Udon Thani, Thailand

Phra Phuttha Saiyat Lokkanat Satsada Maha Muni

       The 20-meter-long reclining image features exquisite Buddha’s marks and was built in 2011 on the auspicious occasion of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 7th Cycle or 84th Birthday Anniversary. The interior of the image hall features spectacular decorations of the Buddha’s teachings, with 22 panels of copper relief around the walls depicting the Lord Buddha’s life and Ten Birth-stories, with the goal of communicating the Lord Buddha’s perseverance and sacrifice in order to obtain the Ten Perfections during each of his ten incarnations. Above each panel is a carved phrase from the Itipiso chanting in dark green on white marble, making the image hall’s walls appealing and one-of-a-kind.

Wat Pa Phu Kon, Udon Thani, Thailand

Ong Phra Pathom Rattana Buraphachan Maha Chedi

       On top of a hill, there is also “Ong Phra Pathom Rattana Buraphachan Maha Chedi,” a bell-shaped chedi covered in golden mosaic. At the front of the Chedi stands the 4.5-metre-tall principal Buddha image of “Phra Ruang Rungrot Si Burapha” in the posture of persuading the relatives not to quarrel. The Buddha’s relics are enshrined in the Chedi’s topmost orb. Inside, the second floor houses carved marble images of meditation monk masters, while the first floor houses the eight requisites as well as pictures of the monk masters.

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Wat Pa Phu Kon, Udon Thani, Thailand

Visiting Wat Pa Phu Kon

       When you arrive in Udon Thani, take the Nong Khai Provincial Highway. When you reach the 13th kilometer marker, turn left into Ban Phue District, then Na Yung District until you reach Ban Na Kham Yai, where you will find Wat Pa Phu Kon. The journey from Udon Thani town to Wat Pa Phu Kon is 125 kilometers long and takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. All types of vehicles are permitted to access the temple. However, if it is a large bus, you must stop at the entrance and take a minibus to the temple for a fee of 20 baht per person.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/HqpLdwioxv4kACGP7

Address : 99 Village No. 6, Ban Kong Subdistrict, Na Yung District, Udon Thani 41380

Tel : 08-2835-0668

Open for viewing: 08:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Website : https://www.facebook.com/watpaphukon/ 

                    www.watpaphukon.org

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Wat Phra That Khao Noi, Nan

       Wat Phra That Khao Noi is a great place to go sightseeing and see the whole of Nan Province. The temple sits two kilometers west of town, on the top of Khao Noi hill. It is convenient to travel, and if you visit the province of Nan, don’t forget to pay a visit to the temple..

Wat Phra That Khao Noi, Nan, Thailand

Wat Phra That Khao Noi story

       Wat Phra That Khao Noi is located on the top of Doi Khao Noi, which is on the west side of Nan town, in the Du Tai Subdistrict, Mueang Nan District, Nan Province. Built in 1487 during the reign of Chao Pu Khaeng. The Phra That is a brick chedi with a blend of Burmese and Lanna art on the inside, which houses the Lord Buddha’s hair relics. It was renovated by Burmese craftsmen during the reign of King Suriyaphong Pharit Dej, from 1906 to 1911, and a viharn was created at the same time. Wat Phra That Khao Noi is a forerunner and another old Nan temple, likely dating from the same period as Phra That Chae Haeng. It is around 240 meters above sea level and is located on Doi Bao Noi. A 303-step Naga staircase serves as the entryway to the temple.

Wat Phra That Khao Noi, Nan, Thailand

Wat Phra That Khao Noi symbol

       The surrounding panorama of downtown Nan can be seen from Wat Phra That Khao Noi. Currently, the viewing area houses the ‘Phra Buddha Maha Udomonkol Nantaburee Sri Nan,’ which is a 9-meter-high Buddha dispensing boons on a lotus foundation atop a real gold crown. On December 5, 1999, it was dedicated to King Bhumibol. This is deserving of worship, as evidenced by the fact that many tourists have done so.

Wat Phra That Khao Noi, Nan, Thailand

        On the top of Doi Khao Noi, there is also a Burmese-Lanna pagoda that houses Lord Buddha’s hair relics. Burmese artisans renovated the pagoda from 1906 to 1911.

Wat Phra That Khao Noi, Nan, Thailand

       The Phrathat Khao Noi Temple is a few meters above sea level. As a result, you may enjoy a panoramic view of Nan town. It’s stunning. I also enjoy shooting a lot of pictures. The temple’s walls are completely white, which gives it a soothing appearance. It will be enjoyable to go about the temple and take in the sights.

Wat Phra That Khao Noi, Nan, Thailand

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The best way to get Wat Phra That Khao Noi

       Muang County, Nan Province, is home to Wat Phra That Khao Noi. To reach there, simply follow the same directions as for Wat Phaya Wat. The only difference will be that Phra That Khao Noi will be 2 meters away. Continue driving till you reach Khao Noi’s highest point. Then you will arrive at the temple; if you are still concerned about getting lost, we recommend taking a private tour.

Hours of operation and admission fee: Open everyday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free to attend.

Note: The ground temple is accessible to wheelchair users.

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Wat Sri Panton, Nan, Thailand

       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, Nan, Thailand

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

Wat Sri Panton, Nan, Thailand
Wat Sri Panton, Nan, Thailand

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.

Wat Sri Panton, Nan, Thailand

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Wat Sri Panton, Nan, Thailand

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.

Wat Sri Panton, Nan, Thailand

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

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/kCTaZTgyvoqyHqjd8

Open for viewing: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Wat Pavaranivesh, Bangkok, Thailand

       Wat Pavaranivesh is a first class temple located at the intersection of Tanao and Fueng Nakorn Roads in Bang Lamphu, Bangkok. It is a royal temple of the Chakri Dynasty, and it is well-known for its architectural splendor. It is a lovely fusion of Western, Chinese, and Thai cultures. The Royal Ashes are enshrined at Wat Pavaranivesh. As a result, this temple has always been kept in good condition.

Wat Pavaranivesh

Wat Pavaranivesh story

       Wat Pavaranivesh is a major Buddhist temple in Bangkok, It is an important place in Thai history because the temple is the final resting place of the two kings who were beloved of the Thai people King Rama VI and IX. Thai Theravada Buddhism has set the temple is the center of the Thammayut Nikaya, Moreover, the temple is the main patronage for the ruling Chakri dynasty when a member of the dynasty become monkhood, they use the temple for studying and serving them. The most important of the temple is The golden chedi at the wat’s shrine that carries the relics and ashes of the Thai dynasty. The ordination hall has interior walls that introduced Western-style in the murals depicting Buddhist subjects.

What is most interesting in Wat Pavaranivesh

Wat Pavaranivesh

The statue of Phra Phuttha Chinnasi

       There has no evidence for the period of building time of the Buddha statue, however, It has a tale talking the story in 1807 from an old document that referred to King of Chiang Saen who ordered to build the buddha Meantime built Phitsanulok city at the same time. In 1775 after the war, Phitsanulok city was defeated by Myanmar and the city was burned including the monastery of Buddha Shinchi. In 1829, King Rama III invented the Buddha to a behind of the ordination hall of Wat Pavaranivesh. In 1837 When King Rama IV was ordained at the temple, he respectfully informs King Rama III to move the buddha in front of  Savannakhet buddha because of expanding the temple. There has a tale from Phitsanulok city when King Rama III moved the buddha out of Phitsanulok city, It made the city no rainfall for two years because of moving the buddha. Do you believe that? whether you believe it or not, just comes and prove it by yourself?

Wat Pavaranivesh

How to behave when you visit Wat Pavaranivesh

       The regulation of Wat Pavaranivesh is no different from other temples in Thailand, the prohibited dress is Short pants, short skirts, tight shirts, thin clothes, tank top, flip-flops, sleeveless shirt, and do not take the shirt outside of the pants. There is no cost to visit the temple, 

The temple opens daily: 06.00 AM – 6.30 PM.

For more information please contact: 02-629-5854,

website: http://www.watbowon.com

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Wat Pavaranivesh

How to travel to Wat Pavaranivesh

Travel on the BTS sky train system, Chao Phraya Express Boat, and publish bus

             This is the best way to travel, the BTS sky train system can avoid the traffic jam in Bangkok and save your time. When you arrive at any BTS station that the station you would get off is “siam” and then walk to another side to wait for The Sukhumvit line after that get of at “Saphan Taksin (S6)” and walk to exit number 2, you can find Sathorn Pier of Chao Phraya Express Boat under the Bts station.

              Purchasing the ticket of an orange-flag boat, It has a cost 15 bath per one and then gets off Phra Arthit Pier (N13), Walk from the pier and take the bus number 511 (or 12 15 56 68) and get off at Khok Wua Intersection, the temple is near. You can check the cost of the train and boat through the link of the website below.

The starting point: BTS any Station

https://www.bts.co.th/eng/routemap.html, http://www.chaophrayaexpressboat.com/en/services/

http://www.bmta.co.th/en/lines

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