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And one more intetesting temple...

...to be visited in Nan. Nearly no business around, but many nice and harmlessly curious dogs at... read more

Reviewed November 28, 2017
andraschn
via mobile
exquisite gold-plated exterior architecture

This temple is located in Nan town, convenient transportation. There is a beautifully exquisite... read more

Reviewed August 1, 2017
PP_Ether
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Pathum Thani Province, Thailand
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Reviewed November 28, 2017 via mobile

...to be visited in Nan. Nearly no business around, but many nice and harmlessly curious dogs at the place. Very special and deep energy inside. Good place for meditation.

Thank andraschn
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Reviewed August 1, 2017

This temple is located in Nan town, convenient transportation. There is a beautifully exquisite gold-plated exterior architecture. Inside, there are beautiful murals.

Thank PP_Ether
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Reviewed April 22, 2017 via mobile

One of 40 most sacred places of worship in Nan, Thailand. The very astounding epics of life of the Lord of Buddha mural paintings and the Buddhist rites practices and boat racing headed golden dragons.

Thank Rasih
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Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

As I passed by this temple, I had to watch it again and again and I thought what a beautiful temple it was. The first day in Nan I didn't have time to visit it but the day after I could not miss it. This temple was golden colored with cultural architecture. I loved it very much.

Thank Karnwalai
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Reviewed July 18, 2016

This temple sparkles like gold no matter if you are visiting at dawn, dusk, or any time in between. The grounds also contains the wat's dragon boats for the annual races.

Thank Boise_Jax
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Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

Nice and beautiful temple to visit in Nan.
Very easy to arrive from every place in Nan.
Also can speak with the monkes around.

Thank tamar s
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Reviewed January 23, 2016 via mobile

I spotted this temple while having a Thai dessert at Pa Nim. It looked stunningly beautiful in a blue-sky backdrop. This golden temple might deceive you as an average temple, but if you look close enough, you could see magnificent craftsmanship of local artisan.
Upon entering the main ordination hall, there is this seven heads of the Great Serpent or "naga" that looks so amazing. The interior is also impressive, with mural painting depicting life of Lord Buddha and the history of Nan.

Thank Simplysiri S
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Reviewed May 17, 2015

Gold, and lots of it, the temple say's "look at me", besides the obvious gaudy colour, I admired the figurines on the temple, lots of detail, the interior is also stunning with many wall paintings, there is also 2 long boat's on site which I guess is used for the annual boat race.
Located here... 18.776003, 100.765876

Thank sja74
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Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

I think it was an average temple. Rather new and in gold colour. It had some nice paintings inside but otherwise nothing special. The painting of the long boats beside the temple was probably more interesting

1  Thank LarsJohnsson
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

Wat Si Phan Don, aka Wat Sri Panton, most definitely will not appeal to the more traditional visitor who likes temples and things peaceful and subdued, which is no doubt why this temple doesn't appear on most visitor itineraries to Nan. However, this is a temple which jumps out and grabs your attention with its brilliant façade and complex gilded carvings. For those who like well OTT buildings this was magnificent, and for me, probably the best decorated small temple that I have ever seen, anywhere, not just in Thailand. When I first saw it all I could say was Wow, and Wow again. I really loved this place and would highly recommend a visit to anyone who loves elaborate carving and gilding, as I do.
The temple was built in the 1960's and is near the top of Thanon Suriyapong road, on the left just as you turn off the main 101 road down to the centre of Nan City. There is a small amount of parking at the front of the temple grounds. The temple used to be called Wat Salee Panton, Salee being a Bhodi tree, but the large old tree was cut down during road widening and the temple had to change its name.
It is not just the outside of the temple which is impressive (particularly note the elaborate gilded Naga serpent on the stairway) but the inside is very well and highly decorated as well with plenty of bright murals on the walls and nicely carved roof decorations, the roof being held up by a number of slender tall teak (?) columns. Also, sitting in the front and to the right of the main Buddha statue, there is a smaller seated Buddha statue, around 1 metre high, which I particularly loved. The posture is reasonably standard but the Buddha's expression was lovely, the artist made him look as if he was having a “Eureka' movement, possible having just discovered the answer to the meaning of life. I hadn't seen that expression before on a Buddha statue and found it really charming.
Also in the main temple you will find some Chinese style numbered sticks near the main Buddha image, which you can shake in the container, and the one which falls out is meant to predict your future. Just match the number up with the printed small sheets nearby and you can read your fortune – in both English and Thai. I don't quite approve, but as in most temples, if you don't like the prediction, you can just shake the sticks again for another try and just take with you the prediction sheet which you like best!
While at the temple, visit the 2 ornate Nan long boats in the sheds near the entrance which the temple uses during the annual Nan River races. Also there is another small building just beyond the pond which houses a large seated fat Buddha, similar to the ones one often sees in China called 'Happy Buddha' but this one with a more reflective expression. I liked that one as well.
Definitely a great temple to visit, for me at least.

5  Thank Arthurrvr
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