Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Also known as Wat Yai, this famous wat is home to Phra Buddha Chinnarat, regarded as one of the most beautiful Buddha images in Thailand, cast in 1357. The beautiful mother-of-pearl inlaid doors were added by King Bornkot in 1756. Behind the wat is a 36m prang with a staircase leading to the niche surrounded by cloisters containing numerous other Buddha images, all copies of Phra Buddha Chinnarat. Also interesting to note in the main temple is the statue of King Naresuan and the obvious deity status conferred upon the man. This is a highly revered site and those not wearing proper clothing will be refused entry. It's also very popular, home to a complex housing food, souvenir and clothes stalls, an ATM machine and even a tourist police booth. Often over-run by both western and Thai tour groups.

Admission is 30B for westerners, free for Thais.

Last updated: 4th August, 2004

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