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The Phra Phuttha Chinnarat Buddha

Listed under Sacred Spaces in Phitsanulok, Thailand.

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Buddhist sacred places may be grouped in various categories: places directly connected with the life of the Buddha; places where relics of the Buddha are kept; and places with highly venerated Buddha images. The temple of Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat in Phitsamulok, Thailand is in the third category. Its stunningly beautiful image of Buddha is venerated in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia. Locals often shorten the long name of the temple, simply calling it Wat Phra Si or Wat Yai. The bronze image of the seated Buddha is a superb example of late Sukhothai sculpture and was cast during the reign of King Li Thai in 1357. While a bustling, noisy city has grown up around the temple and streams of pilgrims and tourists constantly pass through the shrine, there is none-the-less a palpable feeling of serenity that surrounds the Buddha statue.

Sacred Sites on the Phra Phuttha Chnnarat Buddha.

Written by  Martin Gray.

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