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Wat Phra Kaeo is another ancient temple housing a beautiful square - based Stupa. Situated at Mu 10, Tambon Phraek Si Racha, which is about 23 kilometres off the provincial town of Chai Nat, Wat Phra Kaeo is another  ancient  temple housing a beautiful  square - based Stupa.

Within the temple ground also  houses a high  Stupa in a harmonious blend of the  Lawo and late

Dvaravati styles, as well as a relic chamber with a recessed base in the Sukhothai and Sri Vijaya

styles.  In front of the Stupa stands a Buddha image  hall known as  Wihan Luangpho Chai, where

a delicately carved sandstone lintel was found at the back of the image. This lintel depicts an image

of the God Indra riding the elephant named Erawan inside a stylised shelter in a distinctive Khmer

style, which dates back to more than 1,000 years ago. It is believed that at the decline of the Khmer

empire, someone must have taken this artefact from somewhere and carved the Buddha image out

of it. However, the head of the elephant is overturned, its trunk pointing upward, as a riddle that in

order to be enlightened like the Lord Buddha - one must overcome greed, hatred, and ignorance to

find true happiness.

Chai Nat Muni National Museum  Located within the temple grounds of Wat Phra Borommathat Worawihan, this archaeological museum is a 2 - storey adapted Thai style building. Downstairs displays celadon Buddha images, tools, and ornaments from the Dvaravati to Rattanakosin period. Most of these displayed artefacts were given by

Venerable Phra  Chai  Nat Muni ( Nuam ) Suthatto, former  Ecclesiastical  Provincial  Governor of

Chai Nat, who was the collector and had handed them over to the Fine Arts Department. While upstairs

displays various Buddhist votive tablets from the Dvaravati to Rattanakosin period. The museum service

hours are Wednesday – Sunday from 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Closed on Monday, Tuesday, and national

holidays. The admission fee is 10 Baht. More details are available at Tel. 0 5641 1467    0 5641 1467     

To get there: Proceed along the same route as Wat Phra Borommathat Worawihan.

Wat Intharam This is an old temple, about 100 years old, Located by the Chao Phraya River in Tambon

Taluk, Amphoe Sapphaya, 12 kilometres east of Chainat. Outstanding old structures in the temple includes

twin bell fries and a hall for keeping scriptures. The latter, situated in the middle of a pond, has been

constructed with elaborate decorative designs.

Wat Phra Kaeo, Chai Nat Muni National Museum , Wat Intharam Chai Nat Province