King Naresuan Shrine and Wang Chan Palace Ruin

King Naresuan's birthplace

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What we say: 3.5 stars

The King Naresuan Shrine and Wang Chan Palace Ruin is located across the Nan River from Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, on what used to be the grounds of a large school. The school has been closed and is being demolished so that the foundations of the old Wang Chan Palace can be slowly uncovered and studied.

King Naresuan was born in the Palace in 1555, and the grounds now have a small shrine which contains a life-sized statue of the King pouring water out of a cup to symbolise a declaration of independence from Burma. This shrine is very popular with the locals, who burn incense and leave offerings at the foot of the statue. There is also a small museum here with pictures and legends of the King's life. Some English captions are available, so it's definitely worth a browse.

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Across Nan river from Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat
Last updated: 4th August, 2006

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  • Worth a visit. 3 stars

    20th February, 2012

    This Shrine is at the northern end of the city, past the government offices. Surrounding the shrine itself are several sets of ruins, the palace and temples. These are undergoing excavation and restoration.

    The Shrine itself is not overly large, a white building, inside is the seated statue. Difficult to see unless you enter, and that requires performing the ritual of burning incense and so forth. There is a small tourism office at the entrance to the Shrine. It looks as if this area is being developed as a tourist spot.

    King Naresuan Shrine and Wang Chan Palace Ruin reviewed by ianintheworld (3)
    Written on 20th February, 2012, rated 3 out of 5. Visited here in February, 2012

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