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Phra Si Ratana Temple (Wat Yai)

Phitsanulok, Thailand
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Ranked #1 of 18 attractions in Phitsanulok
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites
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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Bangkok, Thailand
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68 reviews 68 reviews
30 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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
27 helpful votes 27 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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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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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54 helpful votes 54 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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Khon Kaen, Thailand
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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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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

There are no shortage of Buddha statues in Thailand, so many travellers will be skeptical about going out of their way to view another one. But this is probably the second best loved Buddha in the country after Bangkok's Emerald Buddha, making Phitsanulok a major pilgrimmage town. By coming to this lovely wat, you get a real chance to see... More

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Nuenen, The Netherlands
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Impressive influence of gothic churches, interesting site, don't miss it. Stroll around, take your time to get a good impression. I hate it that TripAdvisor forces me to write at least 50 tokens when I am able to do with less. Huh.

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Auburn,CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

I first viewed this Wat from my room in the Topland Hotel. Our guide said that Phra Buddha Chinnart in this Wat is often considered to be the most beautiful in Thailand. This Buddha is second most revered after the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok. Within the Wat (dating from the 14th century) there are also other sites to see. A... More

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