Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

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Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Woramahawihan

Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Woramahawihan (Thai: วัดพระศรีรัตนมหาธาตุ, also commonly referred to as Wat Yai) is a Buddhist temple (Wat) in Phitsanulok, Thailand, where it is located on the bank of the Nan River near the Naresuan Bridge.


Phitsanulok History

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Prehistoric Era

Early Nan River Civilizations · Tai

Khmer Empire

Song Khwae

Singhanavati City-State

Boromma Chayasiri · Nakhon Thai

Sukhothai Period

Wat Chula Manee · Wat Aranyik
Wat Chedi Yod Thong
Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat

Ayutthaya Period

Boromma Trailokanat
Wat Ratchaburana · Wat Nang Phaya
Boromma Racha III · Naresuan
Boromma Kot

Modern Siam / Thailand

19th Century · 20th Century · Recent Events

Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, known among the locals as “Wat Yai”, was founded in 1357 by King Phaya Lithai [1] (King Maha Thammaracha I of Sukhothai). The temple was built at the same time “Wat Phra Phut Chin Si” and “Wat Phra Si Satsadaram. During the Somdet Phra Ekathotsarot age in Ayutthya kingdom, it was gilded with the Buddha’s image and later developed by King Rama 5 and King Rama 9 respectively. The temple is located at the foot of Naresuan Bridge. On the city side of Nan River. It has an area of 36 rai (1 rai = 1600 m^2).[2] The temple is very famous because it has golden Buddha image name “Phra Phuttha Chinnarat”. In addition many Thai people considered to be the most beautiful Buddha image in Thailand.[2]

Phra Buddha Chinnarat[edit]

Wat Yai is famous throughout Thailand for its gold sculpture of the Buddha, known as the Phra Buddha Chinnarat (Thai: พระพุทธชินราช). Many consider it to be the most beautiful Buddha figure in Thailand


The temple's large wihan has an immense main entrance with mother-of-pearl inserts donated by King Boromakot in 1756. Beyond the wihan is a Khmer style prang, the inside of which can be accessed via a stairway. The prang is said to enshrine relics of the Buddha.


The Buddha Chinnarat National Museum, located on the temple grounds, houses a sizeable collection of Sukhothai period art.


Festivals often take place on the temple grounds, including the annual Phra Buddha Chinnarat Fair. Also, on the first weekend of each October, the Phitsanulok Dragon Boat Races take place outside the temple in the river.



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Coordinates: 16°49′25″N 100°15′45″E / 16.82361°N 100.26250°E / 16.82361; 100.26250