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Wat Phra Mahathat Wora Mahawihan
Nakhon Si Thammarat, Mueang Nakhon Si Thammarat

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Nai Mueang Mueang Nakhon Si Thammarat Nakhon Si Thammarat 80000

Telephone
081-5579542

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Date
Detail
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Sun Aug 19
Light rain
33°/26°
Mon Aug 20
Partly cloudy
33°/25°
Tue Aug 21
Partly cloudy
33°/24°
Wed Aug 22
Light rain
31°/25°
Thu Aug 23
Cloudy
31°/25°
Fri Aug 24
Light rain
31°/25°
Sat Aug 25
Light rain
30°/25°
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Description
Wat Phra Mahathat Wora Mahawihan, previously known as Wat Phra Barommathat, is the royal monastery in the advanced level in the type of Wora Mahawihan and has the old construction period with importance in terms of religion. Also, there is the important archeological site of history in terms of archeology and religion. Wat Phra Mahathat Wora Mahawihan or what Nakhon people call Wat Phrathat is a sacred archeological site and is the esteem of Nakhon Si Thammarat people as well as Buddhisms. The well-known symbol of Nakhon Si Thammarat province is Phra Barommathat Chedi, which is located inside Wat Phra Mahathat Wora Mahawihan. It is a place that contains the Buddha’s relics of Buddha. At present, the Fine Arts Department has registered Wat Phra Mahathat as a historical site. It is considered to be one of the most important sacred places of the southern region.
Phra Barommathat Chedi is the pagoda in Lanna architectural style. The prominent point is at the top of the pagoda, which is covered with pure gold. From the belief, it had been relayed that Phra That consists of gold ornaments and valuable objects until the end of the pagoda. These valuable objects are the offering from Buddhists to the Buddha to reach nirvana. Regarding the slogan of province, which is a historical town, the golden Phra That, plentiful minerals, three-metal nielloware, numerous temples, abundant shellfish. Therefore, Phra That Thongkham means the top of the golden Chedi of Phra Barommathat. If anyone would like to see the top of the golden Phra That closely, there are binoculars for service with a fee of your consideration.
Feature
Phra Barommathat Chedi is the pagoda in Lanna architectural style with the prominent point on the top of the pagoda that is covered with pure gold. From the belief, it had been related that Phra That consists of gold ornaments and many valuable objects until the end of the pagoda. These valuable objects are the offerings from Buddhists to the Buddha to reach nirvana. Regarding the slogan of province, it is a historical town with the golden Phra That, plentiful minerals, three-metal nielloware, numerous temples, abundant shellfish. Therefore, Phra That Thongkham means the top of the golden Chedi of Phra Barommathat. If anyone would like to see the top of the golden Phra That closely, there are binoculars for service with a fee of your consideration.
History
Wat Phra Mahathat Wora Mahawihan was previously known as Wat Phra Barommathat. It is a big temple, which is located inside the ancient wall territory, slightly to the south with an area of 25 rai 2 ngan. There is Ratchadamnoen Road in front of the temple, which is understood to be an ancient road. There is no clear evidence about the history of the temple building, except the legend that talked about the building of Phra Mahathat, which was the written document from the take after the actual incidents for a long time. Clear documentation evidence appeared in the period of King Rama 6 of Krung Rattanakosin, which stated that this temple had no dwelling monks. Then, Phra Chao Barommawongther Chaofa Ukhon Thikamphon Krom Luang Lop Buri Ramesuan, the southern regent, had invited the monks from Wat Phetcharik to supervise the temple. When King Rama 6 had visited Mueang Nakhon, He had royally given the name of Wat Phra Mahathat Wora Mahawihan. There are many legends that talk about the construction of Phra Barommathat, which can be compiled as follows: When the Buddha had attained complete nibbana, many cities in the region of India had divided the Buddha’s relics to maintain, preserve, and worship. A city named Thontha Buri had acquired the Buddha’s teeth. Later, there was the king of other cities who had moved the troops to ask for the share of the Buddha’s teeth. King Singharat, the governor of Thontha Buri saw that the city could not be protected. He had asked Phra Nang Hemchala and Prince Thontha Kuman, the princess and the prince, to respectfully bring the Buddha’s teeth into the ship and escape to Lanka. Unfortunately, the ship had met the storm and it was wrecked. Both of them were ashore at Hat Sai Kaew. Then, they buried the Buddha’s teeth. The story went on until both of them had came back to Lanka with a part of the Buddha’s teeth still buried at Hat Sai Kaew. Later, Phra Chao Si Thammasokkarat had found the Buddha’s teeth and pleased to build Phra Barommathat Chedi to enshrine the Buddha’s relic and build the city at Hat Sai Kaew. The city is Mueang Nakhon Si Thammarat. Phra Barommathat Chedi is Phra Barommathat Chedi in Nakhon Si Thammarat. It is believed that it was previously the chedi that was influenced by the arts of Si Wichai. It is the Mondop chedi with the roof of five-headed stupa, like Phra Barommathat Chedi in Chaiya district, Surat Thani province, in the age of around Buddhist Era 13-15. Later, the Si Wichai stupa deteriorated and the big Lanka pagoda, which is the present pagoda, covered it. It is belived that the period of that time was about the Buddhist Era 18. The influence of Lanka Buddhism in the land of Nakhon Si Thammarat is very strong. Nakhon Si Thammarat has been influenced by the religions and arts from Lanka. Professor Mom Chao Suphattharadit Ditsakun had predicated that the present Phra Barommathat Chedi looks like Chedi Kiriwe Thera in Bolonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. It was built in the period of Phra Chao Prakrom Phahum Maharat around the early Buddhist Era 18. Phra Barommahathat Chedi was built after that period. Other architectures inside Wat Mahathat are mostly those that were built in the Ayutthaya period. There are some buildings in Thonburi and the early Rattanakosin, such as Wihan Thap Kaset or Wihan Thap Phra Aed, etc.

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Sunday:
08:30 - 16:30
Monday:
08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday:
08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday:
08:30 - 16:30
Thursday:
08:30 - 16:30
Friday:
08:30 - 16:30
Saturday:
08:30 - 16:30
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