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Visit Wat Phra Mahathat Woramawihan (Nakhon Si Thammarat)

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Wat Phra Mahathat Woramawihan

Thai name : วัดพระมหาธาตุวรมหาวิหาร

GPS : 8.411006, 99.966366 (See on the map)
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Nakhon Si Thammarat


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.

Practical information about Wat Phra Mahathat Woramawihan

No admission fee
Open from 8 am to 5 pm and beautifully lit at night.
Depending on the location of your hotel, you can walk to the temple, otherwise, line 5 of the city buses that are actually pick-ups with benches in the back, will drop you off in front of Wat Phra Mahathat Woramawihan. It costs 10 THB whatever the distance traveled and you just need to wave at the bus on the roadside to make it stop and get in.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramawihan is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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