Photo: Seated Buddha at Si Satchanalai.

Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Chaliang

With its majestic Khmer-built spire, massive stone Buddha image, smaller Buddha sculptures sheltered by the hoods of nagas, and a striking Khmer stucco carving of Avolokitesvara's face that's similar to those found at the Bayon in Cambodia's Angkor, Wat Si is probably Si Satchanalai's most impressive single site.

Photo of Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Chaliang

It remains a working temple and there's a more modern Thai wihaan with an especially jolly looking gold Buddha image where you can offer a flower and incense. A handful of musicians playing traditional Thai instruments for donations adds to the atmosphere. Wat Phra Si charges a separate entrance fee of 20 baht per person.

The countless antique shops and art galleries that line the road near the temple are also worth a peek.

Last updated on 3rd September, 2012.

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