First class royal temple, formerly known as Wat Phra Borom That, Wat Phra Mahathat Woramawihan is the most important Buddhist temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat and entire southern Thailand. Built at the time of the founding of the city, it contains a tooth of Buddha that would have brought herePrince Thanakuman and Queen Hem Chala who built a small pagoda in 291 AD. Later, King Si-Thamma Sokarat created the city of Nakhon Si Thammarat and built a new temple on the same site. The main element is its large 78-meter high chedi immaculate white since its recent renovation surrounded by 173 smaller chedi. The temple has been suggested on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is featured on 25 satangs (Thai cents) coins.
At the foot of the chedi, there is a square gallery called Wihan Tap Kaset, decorated with many statues of Buddha. There are also 3 small museums in the temple precinct.