Photo: Night time grazing in Phitsanulok.

King Naresuan Shrine and Wang Chan Palace

Our rating:

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.


No pic at the moment -- Sorry!

The school was demolished so that the foundations of the old Wang Chan Palace can be slowly uncovered and studied.

King Naresuan was born here in 1555 before being carted off to Burma when Phitsanulok temporarily fell into enemy hands. Eventually he returned to his homeland and, as the story goes, led his people to freedom. A small shrine contains a life-size statue of the King pouring water out of a cup to symbolise his declaration of independence from Burma. This shrine is very popular with locals, who burn incense and leave offerings at the foot of the statue.

There’s also a small museum here with pictures and legends of the King’s life. Some English captions are available, so it’s worth a browse. At time of writing, the local government is undertaking a project to expand the museum (along with the site’s tourism appeal).


King Naresuan Shrine and Wang Chan Palace
Across Nan river from Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

By .

Location map for King Naresuan Shrine and Wang Chan Palace

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Phitsanulok.
 Check prices, availability & reviews on Agoda or Booking
 Read up on where to eat on Phitsanulok.
 Check out our listings of other things to do in and around Phitsanulok.
 Read up on how to get to Phitsanulok, or book your transport online with 12Go Asia.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Phitsanulok? Please read this.
 Browse tours in Thailand with Tourradar.


Like what you see? Then you’ll love our newsletter

The Travelfish newsletter is sent out every Monday and is jammed full of free advice for travel in Southeast Asia. You can see past issues here.


See below for more sights and activities in Phitsanulok that are listed on Travelfish.org.


Top of page