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Phra Si Ratana Temple (Wat Yai), Phitsanulok

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Known by the locals as Wat Yai, Phra Si Ratana Temple (Wat Yai) was built in the 14th century and is now famous for its gold Buddha sculpture, which some consider to be one of the most beautiful of its kind in Thailand. When you view the sculpture, look for its halo that signifies the spiritual radiance of Buddha. Also admire the wood-and-pearl ordination hall doors and the Ayutthaya-style pagoda. Check out the attraction's museum, too, and browse through Buddha images and artifacts from the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya eras. Plan to visit Phra Si Ratana Temple (Wat Yai) and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Phitsanulok attractions using our Phitsanulok vacation trip planner.
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  • Nice What (Temple) certainly going to see. Nice, well-kept images. Unique location. Worth it. Go early, less pressure.
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  • Located downtown, this temple is beautiful. Opportunity to get inside respecting local customs (no shoes)
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  • In fact it is a temple and as there is not much else to visit... The central Buddha is specific to this temple. The place being busy it is interesting to see the thais run various ceremonies, inside and outside. This is the side "folk" of thai Buddhism which amounts more in rituals and offerings of money. Too bad! To see the number of "trunks" for rebel donations we say it's more business than Buddhism and Buddha must be turning in his grave.
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