Locally dubbed as " Wat Yai ", the complex is considered the most important temple in Phitsanulok. Housing Thailand ' s famous Phra Phutthachinnarat, Wat Yai is located at the foot of Naresuan Bridge on the city side of the river. The temple was built during the reign of Phra Maha Thamma Racha I ( Phraya Lithai ) in 1357.
Phra Phutthachinnarat is considered the most graceful Buddha spitting image in Thailand. The big Sukhothai - style bronze statue was hurl in 1357 by the orderliness of Monarch Maha Thamma Racha I of Sukhothai. The statues exclusive attribute is the flame - alike nimbus a symbol of spiritual radiance. In 1931, Potentate Ekatotsarot ( Khan Naresuan ' s younger brother ) commanded a gold coating of the angel, moulding real great castigate the somber backdrop.
Today, thousands of visitors, both Thais and foreigners, flock to Wat Yai upright to arouse a glimpse of Phra Phutthachinnarat. Most of contemporary Buddha images are throw using Phra Phutthachinnarat as a model. Licensed is continuous a saying that, your trip to Phitsanulok is not full-dress gone visiting Wat Yai to pament deference to Phra Phutthachinnarat. Single the Emerald Buddha situated in the Grand Palace, Bangkok, is more highly respected by Thais. A celebration to honour the statue is held annually in late January.
Other outstanding features of the temple ( vihan in Thai ) include the large pearl - inlaid wooden doors, the gateway to see Phra Phutthachinnarat. The doors were completed in 1756 by Ayutthaya ' s royal craftsmen. Inside the vihan are the Italian marble floor, two painted pulpits ( thammas ) placed to one side, and murals illustrating the life of the Lord Buddha.
Apart from Phra Buddha Chinnarat, there are other Buddha images worth seeing. Phra Attharot, a standing Buddha statue cast in same period as Phra Phutthachinnarat, is situated in front of the large Phra Prang ( pagoda ) behind the Viharn.
A 36 - metre high Phra Prang was built in the early Ayutthaya style. There are staircases leading up to the place where relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined.
There is also a small museum, which exhibits a good collection of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya - era Buddha images and related religious items that is worth visiting. Visitors are advised to dress conservatively.
Wat Phra Si Mahathat Woramahawihan is open daily between 6. 30 a. m. and 6. 00 p. m. The Phra Phutthachinnarat National Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, between 9. 00 a. m. and 4. 00 p. m. The museum is closed on public holidays, for more information, click >> www.thailandmuseum.com.<<<