Wat Phra That Phanom

Wat Phra That Phanom

Wat Phra That Phanom
4.5
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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BangkokJock
Bangkok, Thailand446 contributions
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This is considered Isan’s holiest and most revered temple, visitors arriving would come here first to pay respects. The temple is about an hour’s drive south of Nakorn Phanom city and airport.
There is ample parking, and a small market in front.
The stupa itself exudes an aura of grace and beauty, the tiled courtyard floor around it is surprisingly cool to walk barefoot on a hot sunny day.
The current stupa is a newer one, the ruins of the original is in front and was destroyed in an earthquake. Locals say the stupa was built by women in competition with another stupa built by men on the Lao side
Written April 6, 2022
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FMoz
Southeast Asia4,306 contributions
Business
For tourism, this seems to be the only attraction in this town, and indeed Thai people come to this quiet town only for this. It is a beatiful temple in Northeastern/Lao style. Good in these times when there are not many people. Locals say it was always congested and crushed with (local) visitors in pre-Covid times. For international visitors who are not out to 'make merit', it is only worth it as part of a circuit around the region.
Written March 31, 2021
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JK
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It’s the place which is the must for everyone to pay a visit. The environment is very peaceful, clean, and calm. The temple has been renovated recently, so there are more parking areas, the photo spots, and the souvenir shops for you. Highly recommend if you have a chance to drop by.
Written March 18, 2021
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,558 contributions
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Wat Phra That Phanom is possibly the most popular and revered pilgrimage site in all of Isaan (Northeastern Thailand.) It sees a steady stream of pilgrims from all over the country. There were several coaches waiting at the time of our visit. They circumambulate around the base of the chedi while holding lotus blossoms and reciting mantras. It is one of the best places I know to see Thai religious culture in action.

However, it is also a place of memory . According to local legend, it is one of the oldest stupas in Thailand, and the archaeological evidence suggests the original brick stupa dates from the 7th or 8th centuries. It has been suggested that it shows Cham artistic influence, which would be most unusual for Thailand. I wonder if an alternative is Land Chenla, the Isaan-based part of the Chenla kingdom. Whatever the case, the brick base adds a hint of the deep past to what is largely a modern reconstruction from the 1970s in its uppermost sections.
Written December 8, 2019
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Peter B
Kalasin351 contributions
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Somewhat over commercialized with many people asking for money from parking your car to taking photos. Other than that the many fine buildings were a joy to the eye. We met many Thais from all parts of the country eager to spend money for worship, busloads of children some keen to ask if I spoke English and why I have a Thai wife. Quite funny really as I answered their questions in English but none understood. I can recommend this attraction to anybody interested in Thai culture, it is truly beautiful. To your question "Is there a fee for this attraction" the answer is yes and no because there are so many touts asking for money. Officially I believe it is free to visit.
Written March 7, 2015
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Richard Hyde
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This is a handsome and lively temple with a Lao style gold and white stupa surrounded by a cloister with some fine paintings adorning the entrances On the day we were there lots of traditional dancers were performing outside the main wall - and inviting the passers by to join in.
Written October 8, 2020
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Robert P
Bangkok, Thailand43 contributions
Friends
The main temple is really beautiful as are the surroundings. The atmosphere was calm and peaceful. It was busy, but never felt crowded. A most place to visit if you are in the area.
Written December 25, 2017
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Nina1239
Bangkok, Thailand64 contributions
Couples
Phra That Panom is believed to be a sacred stupa for people born on Sunday and also a stupa for the Year of Monkey. It is famous for granting a wish for having children. We are not credulous but don't want to disdain. As we are longing for a child, we both born on Sunday, and this year is the Year of Monkey, we decided to visit this temple. The stupa can be seen from the main road along the Khong River. The temple and the stupa look elegant. Incenses, candle, and lotus for praying are ready in front of the stupa. We donated some money for the temple and then went on to pray and remind the Lord Buddha's lessons of how to be free from sufferings. There are also some souvenir shops including amulets around inside the temple.

As a postmark and postcard collector, I would like to also note that you might not see it right away but there is a post office next to the temple. Local people are willing to give you directions.
Written January 13, 2016
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Kag521
Bangkok, Thailand1 contribution
Friends
Every year at the end of January or early February (according to Lunar calendar) Wat Pra That Panom hold spectacular ceremony for the annual event of paying homage to That (stupa) which houses the Buddha relic. Thousands of faithful Buddhist attending this event from near and far, Thai, Laotian and many local tribes along the famous river. It is a MUST SEE for tourist across the globe.
Written February 4, 2015
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PhilMalone
Footscray, Australia1,333 contributions
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Large temple grounds with plenty to see and observe if you are interested in Thai culture. Great place to meet people from all over Thailand who come on worship pilgrimages to this place.
Written December 28, 2014
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  • Sun - Sat 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM