Wat Phrathat Chae Haeng

Wat Phrathat Chae Haeng, Nan

Wat Phrathat Chae Haeng
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Wingfield73
Chiang Mai, Thailand863 contributions
Nov 2020
This was a our first temple in Nan and it did not disappoint. Like many of the other Nan temples it has spacious grounds for walking or relaxing - including food and souvenir shops.
The temple itself is peaceful, with a huge statue of the Buddha in the main hall, In front of the stupa is the focus of peoples devotion - a fine rabbit with a small Buddha covered in the small squares of gold leaf stuck on by the faithful - so much in fact that the surrounding ground is full of these tiny sheets of real gold leaf. Don't miss the wonderful reclining Buddha either in this perfectly maintained temple
Written November 7, 2020
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BangkokJock
Bangkok, Thailand405 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
This temple is famous for being one of the major temples in Thailand's North. The whole area is huge. While most people know this temple as being the patron temple for those born in the Rabbit year zodiac, I also discovered 2 smaller chedis on the temple grounds, one for Dog year and another being a replica of the Shwedagon in Yangon which is patron for Horse years. There are parking lots along the side of the temple with vendors selling souvenirs, snacks & drinks.
Written August 7, 2013
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Arthurrvr
Marlborough, UK1,441 contributions
Dec 2011 • Friends
This is generally regarded by Thais as the most significant temple in Nan Province. It was built in 1355, in what was then the town centre, with much of it in the Thai Lue style with a 55 metre high stupa on a large square base, built to house 7 Buddha relics. The Wat sits on the top of a small hill a couple of kilometres south-east of the 'new' Nan City and there is a small vehicle park near the foot of the hill from where you can walk up a broad walkway up to the temple. Alternatively, drive further up the hill and take a turning to the left to another compact car park right by the side of the temple.
The temple complex has a number of buildings but the main focus is the glistening stupa, plated with brass and copper, on its square base. It is particularly auspicious for people born in the year of the Rabbit which is why one sees a lot of Rabbit statues around the temple. However, I particularly liked the large tree just outside the main walled Pagoda, with 12 Buddha statues around it, very peaceful.
Currently they are looking for funds for restoration work and one can buy pieces of scaffolding or ceramic tiles on which one writes one's name and wishes - which for us is a much nicer way of making a donation. A worthwhile visit.
Written March 26, 2012
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Rafflesia
World615 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
This temple is located outside the city of Nan. It is +- 750m far from Nan River and the main bridge that will take you to the city. The first structure is the Wat, it is wide open, with some particularities like 2 emeralds made with stained glass laid on a pedestal in both sides of the Wat. The Wat has a beautiful altar with 3 big sculptures of the Lord Biddha seated, from which the biggest is at the centre. The wall behind is beautiful painted with an amazingly black colour and sparkling golden lotus flowers. I didn't have the idea of this Wat being built for a particular sign of the zodiac (in this case, the rabbit) as someone has written though. The golden Chedi is located in a separate area, and it is surrounded by stalls where anyone can buy Buddha images, candals, "phuang ma lai" to pay respect to Buddha. The Chedi is very tall and large and outside there is a house with a huge golden Buddha inside. The area of this complex is very large and there are some stalls selling foods and beverages. In a central point there is a huge tree (where I relaxed for a while...) that is surrounded with sculptures of Buddha in different positions and other Buddhism beings. The surrounding grounds were owned by the last Lord of Nan province, so you can expect to find beautiful gardens, big trees and a very well organised area. Next to the wat area there is an entrance to the building where monks are studying.
I highly recommend a visit to this Wat, in case of rain, don't worry! Come!
Written June 23, 2019
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lalitpan
Pathum Thani, Thailand8 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
Wat Prathat Chaehang is a big temple. It is the one of The 12 Zodiacal Constellations temple (The Year of the Rat) . It is located in Phuphiang, Nan. The temple is a very beautiful especially pagoda. You can find something eat around the temple
Written June 4, 2015
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SamDesh
Bangkok, Thailand93 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
This temple is very popular with people born in the Year of the Rabbit, who come here to make merit. However, just outside the temple, there is a small stupa for those who were born in the Year of the Horse (like me and my husband - good for us!). You can tell which one from all the horse statues around it. We spent a lot of time exploring the temple grounds: there are a lot of hidden gems at Wat Phratat Chae Haeng, including a large reclining Buddha inside one of the buildings. The temple is a few kilometres out of the city, over the bridge. Very easy to find - just follow the signs.
Written April 29, 2015
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chatthefoodie
Bangkok, Thailand584 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
I am glad I made a visit to Phra That Chae Haeng in Nan. The central pagoda ostensibly housing the holy relics of Lord Buddha stood glittering elegantly in the midday sun. The gold structure was a study in perfect symmetry that incorporated the very best craftsmanship of northern Thailand.
If you were born in the year of the rabbit in the Asian zodiac, then this is the temple of associated with this particular astrological sign. The area is popular with worshippers silently praying or walking around the pagoda to perform a ritual or to just admire its beauty. I like Phra That Chae Haeng as it is beautiful and not overly commercialized as many temples are nowadays. If you only visit a few places in Nan, make this a definite stop.
Written October 28, 2014
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AJDuncan1222
Da Nang, Vietnam9 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
Probably the oldest structure of the Wat is the gilded chedi, that was built around 1355. The 55 meter high slender chedi named Phra That Chae Haeng enshrines a relic of the Buddha as well as silver and gold votive tablets. The spiral shaped chedi that was rebuilt in 1454 is set on a square base.

This temple not far from town, just 3-4 km. You can enjoy the atmosphere, view and many interesting here.

Hightly recommend.
Written March 2, 2017
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Phanuwat_Jonil
Bangkok, Thailand116 contributions
Jan 2017 • Friends
I came here as the last place before I left from Nan province, the temple made me feel so good and so happy. Especially if you have read the history of this pagoda before, you would feel like you back to the days the pagoda was constructed.
Written January 6, 2017
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Suwit L
Khon Kaen, Thailand333 contributions
Dec 2015 • Friends
The gold pagoda of rhis temple is widely respected by Thai, especially for people who were born in the year of rabbit. For overseas visitors, with many temples in Nan to visit, if you miss this one, you may not miss much.
Written January 1, 2016
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