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Ang Thong Province Page 12, Attractions from the fish park at Wat Khoi to the Bats at Wat Chantharam

Wat Ta It Is located in Ban Ta It, Tambon Bangphlap, taking Highway No. 3064 Km 7-8.  This temple was constructed in 1761.  Originally, this site was for firebrick production and brick distribution centre or port for building Wat Khun Inthapramun.  After the completion of temple construction, it has then been called Wat Ta It (temple of brick port). Villagers called the principal Buddha image in the ubosot as Luangpho Phetch, while the principal Buddha image in the wihan was called Luangpho Khao.  The latter, once enshrined in wihan Maha-Ut was constructed in the Ayutthaya period about over 200 years ago.  When entering the temple, the outstanding Phrathat Chedi Sri Phothong in gold can easily be seen.  Reasons for constructing Phrathat Chedi can be traced back to 1992 when Phrakhru Sukhonthasilakhun (Luangpho Hom) started to build the Ceylon Ayutthaya - Rattanakosin pattern Chedi of 40-meter width and 73-meter height in the temple compound.  The octahedron Chedi holding bells and divided into 32 sections is to replace the former corroded Chedi standing in front of the ubosot.  This Chedi is for housing the relics of Buddha's neck as well as various Buddha images in different postures, which represents the religious treasures in commemoration of Lord Buddha's kindness for preaching mankind to have good faith, concentration, and wisdom to achieve the virtue based on individuals ability.  Later in 1995, Phrakhru Sukhonthasilakhun, acknowledged of King Bhumibol’s sickness at the beginning of this Chedi construction, had made a strong wish praying for His Majesty the Kings recovery in exchange for a construction of this Chedi as a donation.  His Majesty the King then named this Chedi Phrathat Chedi Sri Phothong. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided at the opening ceremony of this Chedi in 2000. Wickerwork Village Ang Thongs renowned wickerwork is mostly produced by the community of Amphoe Pho Thong.  Almost every house situated in the vicinity along both sides of the Chao Phraya River establish groups of specialization for wickerwork, rattan, and bamboo wickerwork production e.g., Tambon Ongkharak Group, Tambon Bangchaocha Group, Tambon Bangrakam Group, Tambon Phlap Group, and Tambon Inthapramun Group.

 

The noted wickerwork area of the province is in Ban Bangchaocha locating at Mu 8, Ban Yangthong, Tambon Bangchaocha.  The wickerwork from this village is made of bamboo.  Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visited this village and advised people to grow Sisuk bamboo as for their raw materials and for conservation of this handicraft category.  Wickerwork from this village is well known for its extraordinary fineness and beauty besides being produced to meet the market demand.  It does not stick only to the old typical design which enabling it to produce for export.  This village has been recognized as a pattern for career development.

In this village, there is a museum exhibiting a collection of tools and native equipment made of bamboo.

 

How to get there : Take Ang Thong Pho Thong route for about nine kilometres to Yangmani Irrigation Canal.  Then turn right and go along the canal for about five kilometres before turning right into Wat Yangthong Road.  The handicraft centre is behind the temple.

Ang Thong Province page 10, Nai Dok Nai Thongkaeo Monument and other places to visit