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Visit Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan (Sakon Nakhon)

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Presentation Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan

Thai name : วัดพระธาตุเชิงชุม
My opinion:
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan is the most important temple in Sakon Nakhon city. There were already a temple at this location in the 10th century, during the reign of the Khmer empire, because the place was visited by 4 reincarnations of Buddha who have left a footprint there. The temple white chedi is 24-meters high with a golden point and dates from the 17th century. It was assumely built on the site of the 4 Buddha footprints. The other important element here is the chapel of Luang Pho Ong Saen, a venerated Chiang Saen style Buddha image. While it is the most sacred in the province, Wat Phra That Choeng Chum is also a very important temple for all Buddhists in Thailand.
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Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan
Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan Sakon Nakhon
Sakon Nakhon Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan

Practical information about Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan

Free admission
Open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The temple is beautifully lit by night.
The street which passes in front of Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan welcomes every Sunday evenings the Indigo Walking Street, a night market dedicated to indigo clothes, one of Sakon Nakhon's most famous handicrafts.

How to get to Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan ?

If you are staying in town in Sakon Nakhon, I recommend that you choose an accommodation not too far from this temple and therefore you can walk there, as well as to the Walking Street.
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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Worawihan 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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