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Raymond W wrote a review Nov 2019
Townsville, Australia4,515 contributions4,309 helpful votes
Even amongst the tourists who make it to Phitsanulok (a rather neglected destination), the great majority will miss Chula Mani temple. This is probably because of its location, a few kilometres from the centre of town. Nonetheless, for history buffs, it is one of the city’s most rewarding destinations. This is possibly the best place to get a sense of the city’s ancient past. Apparently, this part of town was the original centre of Phitsanulok during the Khmer era (often referred to in Thailand as the ‘Lopburi’ period). At that time, old Phitsanulok was just a small riverside settlement and this was its primary temple. Today, a number of intriguing vestiges can still be found here and the whole site is well-maintained. The man sight is a beautiful laterite temple ruin, with a high base and beautiful stucco on the walls. Do not miss the exceptionally fine friezes of stucco swans. This graceful building is the centrepiece. However, you should also see the Buddha footprint in the brick mandapa and the treasured Buddha image in the main hall. The building is modern but the image dates back centuries. Entrance is free.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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edkemp2002 wrote a review Dec 2017
Bangkok, Thailand296 contributions126 helpful votes
These are nice ruins, and in Thai style, you are free to walk all around and inside of them. Nice shade on a hot day and a peaceful place.
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Date of experience: December 2017
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thailandexpat2015 wrote a review Sep 2016
Bangkok, Thailand109 contributions36 helpful votes
The temple is easy to get to, in a relatively quiet area. It has a modern Wat building which is not special and quite barren inside. There are a couple of small old ruins as part of the complex which are interesting. Also interesting is that they have decorated all of the trees in the compound with shiny designs. Unique. We were the only visitors when we visited, so it was very peaceful and pleasant. Don't need to stay more than 15 minutes.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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