Phitsanulok Things to Do

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    Folk Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 23, 2009

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    This Folklore Museum hosts a collection of folk arts collected by Sergeant-Major Dr. Thawee Buranakhet and includes crafts, basketry, pottery and ancient kitchen utensils. The museum also houses a collection of traps for catching snakes, birds, tigers and porcupines. You can see the traditional style of Thai houses with their interior, kitchen utensils plus weapons, like swords and old rifles. Quite interesting but a bit out of the way but it warrants a visit as it's opposite the interesting Buddha Casting Foundry.

    Open: 8.30am-4.30pm Tues-Sun, closed Mondays. Admission: 50 baht.

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    Rickshaw for sightseeing around the city.

    by pattayaraj Written Sep 19, 2004

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    One vehicle which very old style but attractive and non pollution. If you ‘d like to sight seeing around by no walking and not so rush, rickshaw or Sam Raw (three wheel bicycle) is a good choice. For price ,it’s around 50-150 B/trip , depends on the distance. The route always pass train station, clock tower,river bank ,Rajaburana temple and Mahathat temple. Try to discount ,if the price ‘s not reasonable. And the best time for rickshaw adventure ‘s evening to night time.

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    Buddha Casting Foundry

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 23, 2009
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    Located opposite the Folk Museum, this interesting foundry specialises in casting bronze Buddha images and is the only establishment of this kind in the province. Craftsperson’s specialise in the reproduction of the Phra Buddha Chinnarat Buddha image that you can find, for real at Wat Yai. I was shown around the foundry and workshop by a woman who spoke some English and who explained the creation process. The largest Buddha images take up to a year to make and cost 2,000,000 baht (about US$60,000)!

    Open: 8am-5pm. Admission: Free.

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    Wat Yai

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 23, 2009
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    Phitsanulok's main tourist attraction is Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat, known locally simply as Wat Yai (the big temple). This famous temple, built in 1357, is home to the Phra Buddha Chinnarat, which is one of the most revered Buddha figures in Thailand, and the official symbol of the entire Phitsanulok Province (an exact replica exists in the Marble Temple in Bangkok, and another in Wat Saranat Thammaram in Rayong.) The beautiful mother-of-pearl inlaid doors were built in 1756 by order of King Boromakot of Ayutthaya. The Buddha Chinnarat National Museum, located on the temple grounds, houses a sizeable collection of Sukhothai period art.

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    Wat Nang Phaya

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 23, 2009
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    Wat Nang Phaya is located on the eastern bank of the Nan River, opposite Wat Yai. It is said to have been built when Phitsanulok was ruled by King Trailokanat (1448-1488). It has no temple, but it is known for its Phrara Nang Phya, which are votive tablets found within the pagoda's repository.

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    Wat Ratchaburana

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 23, 2009
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    This temple complex lies across the busy main road from Wat Yai and is well known for its 600 year old brick chedi that dates back to the time of King Trailokanat (r. 1448-1488). The chedi is said to enshrine relics of the Buddha. However, there is no access to the chedi's spire.

    In 1463, King Trailokanat of Ayutthaya moved the capital of his empire to Phitsanulok, and ordered the establishment of new temples, as well as the restoration of existing older ones. Wat Ratchaburana dates back to the beginning of his reign in Phitsanulok. He ordered the construction a chedi and other buildings on the temple's campus. Today, the impressive chedi is nearly all that remains of the original construction. However, other buildings have been constructed among the ruins. The main temple building contains some wonderful wall frescoes and outside it is a long boat dating from the reign of King Rama V.

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    Body Massage

    by Willettsworld Updated Nov 23, 2009
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    As I was walking back to the hotel along the river from the Wat Yai temple, I went by a series of massage chairs laid out along the side of the road beside some fountains. A body or foot massage costs from 100 baht an hour.

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    Wat Ratchaburana

    by XLH Updated Feb 7, 2005
    Picture taken from the base of the structure

    The most special thing about this temple s that it has a gold corn cob shaped prang(?) or chedi(?). Most that i've seen throughout Thailand so far are concrete or other material but this really stands out. It glitters for miles around, especially when you consider that nearby are all low rise buildings. Also, the gold Buddha image within the temple is set on a black background, making it look what i thought quite fashionable.
    Most people visit this temple to offer prayers and such, and so miss out on taking in the beautiful structure of the temple. I 'slipped' in right to the very back of this temple and snapped this picture that you see here; i might be the only one to take a pic at that angle!

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    Floating house

    by pattayaraj Written Sep 19, 2004
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    It’s one of the Phitsanuloke symbol. There’re no evidence of floating settlement in this area. Some siad they came by their career as floating merchant,when the commercial on river was became less important, they began to settle the floating community in this area. Originally, it was a big community with 300 floating houses,but from the government legal and pollution. The number was decreased and become a small community ,nowaday. And some become to restuarants which may change the local community to commercial.
    For building floating house, originally,they use a numorous bamboo trunks for floating and house body. When bamboo ‘s higher price, fuel tanks and zinc plate roof replaced . Althought , it changed much for now,but it may tell how history go.
    To see floating houses, Chom Nan public park is a good place.

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    Sri Sukata temple

    by pattayaraj Updated Feb 14, 2004

    Thereýre some ruins buildings which the principal chedi decorated with buddha images stucco in walking position at the base(just remains 2 stuccos). The style of these stucco same as stucco images surrounded the base of Mahathat chedi in Sukhothai .
    When I visited all building covered with tree ,though it located in government office but seems worthless for this place. So sad!!

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    National Museum Phitsanuloke

    by pattayaraj Written Feb 14, 2004

    Open 9.00-16.00 Wed-Sun
    Admission : free of charge

    Inside represented artifacts and stuffs which found from excavation inside this temple and some dedicated from local people,such as votives ,amulets, buddha imaes, monks stuffs,ý.. At the bottom of building housed a big buddha named ý Phra Buddha Chinnasihý with the same style and date (Sukhothai) as Phra Buddha Chinnarat at the principal viharn.

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    Phra Attarot behide the complex of Mahathat temple

    by pattayaraj Written Feb 14, 2004

    Originally , it was a location of big viharn housed Phra Attarot .Nowaday , it just remains a big buddha image in standing position and some columns . This viharn assumed to be built in Sukhothai period ,same as the front viharn named viharn Phra Buddha Chinnarat. The big building with the standing buddha image was so poppular in Sukhothai period, as you can see some monuments in Sukhothai and Phitsanuloke .

    If you 'd like to visit this place ,just notice the big buddha image. The building is now laying as green field and just an image and columns standing.

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    Wat Chulamanee

    by pattayaraj Updated Feb 15, 2004
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    An old temple where was so important in Ayudhaya Kingdom. From the history,King Borom Trilokanath was once took his monk life there.
    The oldest building is Prang ,where assumed to be built in Lopburi period. When Ayudhaya period,this temple was renovated by king, also they built others buildings such as mondapa housed buddha?s footprint and ordination hall (for now ,it ?s just a sign of semas or boundary marker surrounded a small new hall ).
    For Prang, built from laterite on 3 bases.On its wall decorated with stucco in Ayudhaya style . Some shcolars assumed it was added on the time of renovation in the riegn of King Borom Tri Lokkanath. The most beautiful stucco ?re Thai swan and flowers details. This temple ?s a great place to see the real Ayudhaya craftmen created.

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    Rajaburana temple

    by pattayaraj Updated Sep 19, 2004
    Ubosot

    Built in Sukhothai period like Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat temple. And when Ayudhaya period,King Borom Trilokkanath came for renovation and gave its name.
    Things to see :
    +Chedi , a white bell shape chedi on high base. Some scholars said this chedi contains the relic of King Borom Tri Lokkanath.
    +Viharn, next to chedi . Inside there’re mural paintings on the East wall depicted about Buddha subduing Mara scene .
    +Ubosot , on the East of temple. Inside ,there’re mural paintings on surrounded walls, depicted about Ramayana epic. All painting drawn in the riegn of King Rama IV of Rattanakosin period. Not just a style, I think these pictures also presented old local lifestyle of Phitsanuloke people .
    The dangerous thing here : try to avoid the north side of viharn ,there ‘re a big group of fierce dogs.

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    Chedi Yod Thong temple

    by pattayaraj Updated Feb 14, 2004
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    Formerly an old temple in the same age as Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat temple or built in Sukhothai period. It 's just only one temple in Phitsanuloke where still have a lotus bud chedi.

    If you go by bus, take a bus no. 8 ,when it turn to Phya Seu Rd. or when it passed the railway ,notice for the right. It located on Soi 4 and you must walk about 200 metres to this temple.

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