Nakhon Phanom Temples, Temples in Nakhon Phanom with their History

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Nakhon Phanom Temples

Temples
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Wat Mahathat
Location : Mueang District
Wat Mahathat is well known as the place located of Phra That Nakhon, a sacred pagoda highly worshipped by Buddhists. It is believed that those who are born on Saturday should pray at this place to lucky. Phraya Ammat, the army commander-in-chief from Vientiane who built Nakhon Phanom City, was the one who ordered a construction of the pagoda, which stands 24 meters tall.
Wat Okat Si Bua Ban
Location : Mueang District
Wat Okat Si Bua Ban is ancient temple houses two revered Buddha images, “Phra Tio” and “Phra Thiam”, which are situated together, as well as beautiful murals. Interesting sights inside the temple include the two identical “Phra Tio” and “Phra Thiam” Buddha images in Mara Vichaya Posture. Housed in the Busabok pavilion in front of the principle Buddha image inside the temple’s main hall, the two ironwood statues are 39 centimeters high and 60 centimeters tall. Phra Tio is on the left side of the principle image while Phra Thiam is located on the right. In the reign of King Khattiyawong, a fire incident burned down the hall of Phra Tio. The King ordered to have an imitation of Phra Tio carved from a sacred wood. However, Phra Tio statue was later found in Khong River. It was brought to house alongside with the new Buddha image which was named as “Phra Thiam.” Beautiful murals inside the main hall of the temple depict the life of Lord Buddha. Wooden plates on top of each pole are painted with pictures of angels inside glass pavilions, while the wall is painted with golden stars on red background. Each pole is painted in colorful Thai patterns. Both Buddha images are sacred icons of Nakhon Phanom.
Wat Si Thep Pradittharam
Location : Mueang District
Wat Si Thep Pradittharam has a very beautiful ordination hall decorated with 108 delightful murals on the wall. The temple used to be called Wat Sri Khun Muang was built is 1859 by the city ruler Thongthip Mungklakiri. It was deserted temple until 1902 when Luang Pu Jahn Kemiyo or Phra Thepsitthajarn renovated the place. In 1906, the name was changed to Wat Si Thep Pradittharam.

Enshrined in this temple is the very important Buddha image of Pra Sang which by legend was made at the same time as the Buddha images of Pra Suk and Pra Sai (Wat Phochi-Nongkai). Also in this Temple is the revered sculpture of Luang Phu Chan who is well known, and paid respects to by the people of the North East. In additional there is a museum where the statue of actual size of Luang Pu Jahn on the 3 levels of marble altar covered with glass and surrounded with artificial lotus flowers. On the left corner, there is a 4-meter glass cabinet. There is an oil painting of Luang Pu put in the wooden frame. The cabinet is filled with eight necessities of a Buddhist monk including robes, hot water bottles, spittoons, monk’s alms-bowl, sandals and walking stick.
Opening Hours : Daily 08:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Phra Bang Wat Trai Phum
Location : Tha Uthen District
Phra Bang Wat Trai Phum
Phra Bang Wat Trai Phum
Phra Bang is an 80-inches tall Buddha image in standing posture and Repelling the Ocean gesture. Placed on an octagon base that stands 15 inches tall and is supported by 8 elephants statues and was built in 1465. The Buddha image is molded from various metals such as gold, alloys, silver, platinum, and copper. There are onyx gems periodical embed along the waistband and a 0.5 diameter diamond embed in the navel of the image, but the diamond has been missing up to the present. The image and the base can be disjoined into 5 pieces: the halo, the head, the hands, the torso, and he octagon base.

Around 1907, the governor of Hin Poon city, Ca Kerd distict in Laos, respected the monk Hong, who was staying at Pra Thad temple in the area of Utain port. Monk Hong had already been a much respected monk of the people from both banks of Khong River. The governor thus relocated The Pra Bang Buddha image from Baan Kog village in Hin Herb district as a meritorious tribute to monk Hong. The Buddha image was first placed in Tah Utain temple and later transported to Trai Poom temple, where it has remained up to today.

How to get there: Take the highway 212 for around 26 kilometers to Tah Utain district. There will be mini taxis to take you to Wat Trai Phum.
Opening Hours : Daily 08:30 am. - 04:30 pm.
Phra That Mahachai
Location : Tha Uthen District
Phra That Mahachai is another important historical place where Lord Buddha's relics and the remains of enlightened priests are kept. Phra That Mahachai is located in Wat Phra That Mahachai, it is believed that those who are born on Wednesday should pray at this place to lucky. Moreover there are a Buddha image carved from a Neem tree, which is the largest of its kind in Thailand and the hall of the temple also exhibits rare murals depicting the life of Lord Buddha, one of the rarest murals of the Northeast.

How to get there: Phra That Mahachai is located about 39 kilometers from Nakhon Phanom City by take the route Highway No. 22 (Nakhon Phanom - Sakhon Nakhon)
Phra That Tha Uthen
Location : Tha Uthen District
Phra That Tha Uthen
Phra That Tha Uthen
Phra That Tha Uthen is located in Tha Uthen District opposite Hinboon Town in Laos, where was an important town center during the Sri Kotrabun Kingdom. Phra That Tha Uthen is Khmer in architectural style and has the likeness of Phra That Phanom. It was built by Pra Archan Sritad in 1912 and has height 66 meters. The relics of the Lord Buddha’s disciple enshrined in the Chedi (pagoda), which were brought from Yangon, Myanmar to Tha Tha Uthen.

How to get there: Phra That Tha Uthen is located about 26 kilometers north of the city through Highway No.212
The replica of Buddha Footprint
Location : Tha Uthen District
The replica of Buddha Footprint is located in Wat Phra Bat Wern Pla. The replica is found on the small rock near the Khong River distance from the shore about 100 meters. In the North West direction has a small rock is 30 meters wide, 50 meters long and 1 meter high that is called Don Phra Bat. The two human footprints are found on the top of the small rock by the upper print is 55 centimeters wide and 2.05 meters long and the lower one is flat with a circle in the middle and 5 toes with the thumb at the lowest. The replica of Buddha footprints are seen most clearly during April.

How to get there: Wern Pla Replica of Buddha Footprints is 15 kilometers away from Nakhon Pahnom District. Take the highway 212 (Ta Uten-Ban Paeng) and continue for another 15 kilometers through Ban Wern Phra Bat School (Left side). Continue for another 100 meters. The entrance is on the right. Continue for another 2 kilometers and turn right to Wern Pla Replica of Buddha Footprints Temple.
Phra That Renu
Phra That Renu
Phra That Renu
Location : Renu Nakhon District
One of the most sacred Buddhists temple in Nakhon Phanom, Phra That Renu is enshrined at Wat Phra That Renu in Ban Renu Nakhon was built in 1918 as a scaled-down replica of Phra That Phanom by has 35 meters high and 8.37 meters wide with 4 gates. The stupa houses the ‘Tipitaka’ - the three divisions of the Buddhist Canon, gold and silver Buddha statues, precious items and regalia of Nakhon Phanom’s rulers and noblemen. The ordination hall houses a golden Buddha image, Phra Saen, which was built in a fine meditation posture in the Laotian style.

How to get there: The temple is situated 51 kilometers south of Nakhon Phanom town on Highway No.212 to reach Km.44 turn right into Highway No. 2031 about 7 kilometers.
Phra That Phanom
Location : That Phanom District
Phra That Phanom
Phra That Phanom
Phra That Phanom is the most popular Buddhist site in Nakhon Phanom located in Wat Phra That Phanom Woramahavihan, was believed to have been built before the 12th century by the Laotian King Setthathirath of Lan Xang. This structure contains the Buddha's breast bone. In 11 August 1975 rainstorm occurred, it make the pagoda was badly damaged. The current pagoda was later build according to the former design by local donations. It is 53.60 meters high and 12.33 meters wide. Shine underneath the sun atop the pagoda is a 110-kilogram solid gold spire.

How to get there: Phra That Phanom is located 50 kilometers from town on Highway No.212.
Opening Hours : Daily 08:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Admission : Free admission
Contact : Tel. 08 2843 3340
Wat Maruk Kha Nakhon
Location : That Phanom District
Phra That Ma Ruk Kha Nakhon is located in Wat Ma Ruk Kha Nakhon in Don Nang Hong Ta Village which was built in 1993 and constructed in square shape similar to Phra That Phanom in a smaller size with 50.9 meters high, 20 meters wide. Phra That Ma Ruk Kha Nakhon is 1 of 7 stupas representing each birth day in Nakhon Phanom (Phra That Ma Ruk Kha Nakhon is the main stupa while the other 6 stupas are the minor ones). It is also the least ancient of all 7 stupas.

How to get there: To visit, from Nakhon Phanom city, take Nakhon Phanom-That Phanom road until reaching Don Nang Hong Sub-district. The distance is 35 kilometers. Wat Maruk Kha Nakhon is located on the right.
Phra That Sri Khun
Location : Na Kae District
Phra That Sri Khun
Phra That Sri Khun
Phra That Sri Khun is located in Wat Phra That Sri Khun was discovered about in 1797 and renovated in 1943 - 1947. The top of Phra That resembles that of Phra That Phanom. The difference is that; first layer is divided into 2 parts of square and decorated by stucco design and second layer is shorter than Phra That Phanom. Inside Phra That contains the Buddhist relics of Phra Mokkhanlana, Phra Sareebhud which are Buddha’s chief disciples and Kasennen. The oblation consists of 8 joss sticks, 2 candles, a garland, a bunch of flower, pink fabric, Thai perfume, roasted sticky rice, Khaopong (a kind of snack). The legend of Phra That Sri Khun goes that worshipers will get double honor in return as a virtue.

How to get there: Phra That Sri Khun is about 7 kilometers off That Phanom District along Highway number 212, you have to turn right on to Highway number 223 around 20 kilometers, you will arrive Na Kae District, after that turn left and you will see Phra That Sri Khun.
Wat Pho Si
Location : Na Kae District
Wat Pho Si is ancient and important temple in Nakhon Phanom located near Khong River. This is a house of Phra Thong, it is a bronze Buddha image in the gesture of subduing Mara built in the Lan Chang-style. It is popular among tourists who visit Nakhon Phanom. There are also great restaurants available for tourists, so they will not only make merits but also taste a delicious dish on the trip. Wat Pho Si is open every day even on public holidays.
Chedi Kong Khao Si Bun Nao
Location : Ban Phaeng District
Chedi Kong Khao Si Bun Nao
Chedi Kong Khao Si Bun Nao
Chedi Kong Khao Si Bun Nao inside contains the Buddhist relics which came from Nepal in 2000. It is located on the top of Phu Langka Mountain at 563 meters height from above sea level. The pagoda is gold color and has the shape like a pile of rice. Moreover, Chedi Kong Khao Si Bun Nao there is the beautiful panoramic view of Khong River and Laos which tourists can also enjoy the stunning view of sunrise and sunset. Chedi Kong Khao Si Bun Nao is situated about 4 kilometers from Phu Langka National Park Office.
Phra That Prasit
Location : Na Wa District
Phra That Prasit is located in Wat Phra That Prasit for those born on a Thursday, it is important to pray to lucky, success and productivity in life. The Chedi (pagoda) houses the relics of the Lord Buddha’s and has 7.52 meters wide. Phra That Prasit is located about 80 kilometers north-west of Nakhon Phanom.