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Wat Maha That

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Rising along the riverfront road towards the south end of town, Wat Maha That was supposedly established in the year 607 CE by a general from Vientiane.

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It’s not worth going out of your way for unless you’re keen to see all of Nakhon Phanom province’s sacred chedis, but certainly it’s worth a quick stop during a day of cycling along the riverfront.

The highlight is a 24-metre-tall white chedi, Phra That Nakhon, adorned with golden dots and surrounded by numerous Buddha images. It features a large square base where relics of important monks and a gold Buddha image are enshrined. Some sort of stupa or marker has probably existed here for a very long time, but what you see today was constructed in 1922.

It’s one of the nine sacred chedis frequented by Thai merit makers in Nakhon Phanom province. A small museum in the adjacent building displays a collection of old Buddhist and Hindu statuary. There’s also a fairly large wihaan that looks sharp from the exterior but has no murals and only typical Buddha images inside.

Wat Maha That faces the river on Soonthornvijit Rd towards the south end of town.


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