Home to a sacred chedi
Published/Last edited or updated: 8th February, 2021
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.
The temple is not worth going out of your way for unless you’re keen to see all of Nakhon Phanom province’s sacred chedis, but it is certainly 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.
Address: Riverfront road, towards the southern end of Nakhon Phanom.
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º47'33.62" E, 17º23'28.4" N
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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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