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Phra Si Ratana Temple (Wat Yai)

Ong Dam Road | Nai Mueang, Phitsanulok, Thailand
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Phitsanulok
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Built in 1357 and later developed into a monastery, this temple now houses Phitsanulok’s most revered statues of Lord Buddha.
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Singapore, Singapore
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136 reviews 136 reviews
65 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Wanted to come here for almost 10 years and finally make the trip. Truly breathtaking the most beautiful Buddah in Thailand and the 2nd most import in Thailand after the Emerald Buddah in the Royal Place of Bangkok. Worth every effort coming here.

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Phitsanulok, Thailand
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80 reviews 80 reviews
16 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Travelers come to Phitsanulok as a jumping off point for Sukhothai. However this Phitsanulok temple is well worth the visit to this city on its own. It is one of the most revered places of pilgrimage (tambon) in Thailand. Be sure not to limit yourself to just the main temple. Walk around and check out the grounds and cloisters with... More

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Braga, Portugal
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The buddha is very beautiful as the temple is... That being said... I think after seeing several Wat if this one is only worth visiting if you're staying in Phitsanulok.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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73 reviews 73 reviews
31 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is a pristine 14th century temple that is a must see in Phitsanulok. It is right in the city center next to the river that runs through the city. The grounds are very spaced out so you can walk around and visit everything. Men make sure you wear pants and women if you happen to wear shorts you can... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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148 reviews 148 reviews
66 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This 14th century temple (which thankfully survived the great fire which destroyed most of Phitsanulok about 30 years ago) houses a beautiful gold Buddha which is the second most important Buddha image in Thailand. Because this Buddha is so revered, a dress code is in force - so no shorts or skimpy clothing - and shoes must be taken off... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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29 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The Buddha statue and the inside of the temple is worth a visit. Absolutely outstanding. The external part of the temple leaves much to be desired. This attraction is worth a visit should you be in the area I would not come expressly from Bangkok. However it is worth a detour

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

A 5 mins walk from Yodia Heritage Hotel. Take off your shoes and put in the locker in front of the temple before entering. Very nice Buddha and decorations are inside. Many kind of food and souvenir are being sold around the temple. Various kind of dried banana are recommend to bring back home.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We arrived here at the very end of a long bus ride on our first night north from Bangkok with the SmarTours Amazing Thailand group. We were tired. With that being said, this Wat seemed average. I have read that many Thai people consider this to be perhaps the most beautiful Buddha statue in all of Thailand. There were places... More

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Melbourne
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128 reviews 128 reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This temple is one of the most important in Thailand and has a stunning Buddha figure in the main part. There are also long corridors filled with Buddha statues. It is a lovely place to walk through and explore.

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Krabi Town, Thailand
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85 reviews 85 reviews
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

If you've seen more than a few Buddhist temples in Thailand, you've seen this one. Wat Yai is lovely, and has enough food and drink around for a lunch or snack. It's safe for kids and tourists, and a decent enough capping to a fine day in Phitsanulok. It would get three stars (circles?) were it not for the spectacular... More

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