Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan in Nakhon Si Thammarat

A procession of Buddhists at Wat Phra Maha That Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat

A procession of Buddhists during Hae Pha Khuen That Festival at Wat Phra Maha That Woramahawihan in Nakhon Si Thammarat . Photo: KOSIN SUKHUM.

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, (วัดพระมหาธาตุวรมหาวิหาร), is a royal temple of the first class located on the ancient town of Nakhon Si Thammarat in the southern province of the same name.

The pagoda has a Sri Lankan style and the main stupa of the temple (Phra Borommathat Chedi) was built in the 13th century CE during the reign of King Sri Dhammasokaraja. Dating back to 311 (BE 854), Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan is a old Buddhist temple located in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Southern Thailand.

This temple has a 78 m high chedi, surrounded by 173 smaller chedis. The temple hosts the Sacred Relic of the tooth of Buddha. Inside this Buddhist temple complex are many buildings of importance, to highlight the royal building which has a wonderful architecture from the Ayutthaya period.

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan temple became the principal temple of Nakhon Si Thammarat, in the early 13th to mid-14th century CE.

Tourist and pilgrims can visit the Viharn Luang or ubosot building, the Viharn Kien and its museum and the Viharn Phra Song Ma, a building containing a staircase.

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan is the symbol of Nakhon Si Thammarat province and has been nominated as a World Heritage site, pending approval by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

On Friday 21 June, 2013 Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan was endorsed on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

-Thailand News (TN)

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