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Si Maharat City Pillar Shrine This shrine is located at the foot of Kittikhachon Bridge, before reaching the town of Tak. According to historical evidence, Tak was an ancient town before the Sukhothai period. Four kings who were named the ‘Great’ had their army stay here. King Ramkhamhaeng the Great had an elephant-back fight with Khun Samchon the ruler of Chot town. King Naresuan the Great led his army back to the Thai kingdom through Tak abruptly after he declared independence at the town of Khraeng. King Narai the Great led his army to defeat northern head towns and had Wat Phra Narai built (this temple is now at the foot of Kittikhachon Bridge. King Taksin the Great was formerly a royally appointed ruler of Tak town. A shrine was established in 1992 to commemorate the royal grace of the four great kings as well as be a public spirit centre of the people of Tak

 

Shrine of King Taksin the Great  Located near the Tak TAT office, at the intersection of Charojwithithong Road and Mahatthai Bamrung Road, the Shrine houses Tak's most famous statue of King Taksin the Great. The Shrine was established in 1947 to honour King Taksin the Great who, as a designated ruler of Tak, successfully defeated the Burmese invasion of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. During his reign, he moved the capital from Phra Nakon Si Ayutthaya to the bank side of Maenam Chao Phraya and named it Krung Thonburi. That is why his statue, which is in the sitting position with a sword lying across his lap, has the following inscription at the base Phra Chao Taksin of Krung Thonburi.

 

Wat Doi Khoi Khao Kaeo or Wat Phrachao Tak The temple is located on the bypass route Cho. 3, Tambon Mae Tho, about 250 m from the west bank of the Ping River. While being the ruler of Tak, King Taksin the Great or Phraya Tak tried his luck at this temple by throwing a bell hammer to hit the glass bowl that was placed five wa away. His prayer was that if the hammer hit and broke only the middle section of the bowl, without causing damage to other parts, he would be blessed with great merit and grace to become the protector of people. After he threw the hammer, it really hit the bowl as he wished. The Buddhist devotees who joined the merit making at the temple witnessed the event and news was spread that Phraya Tak had great merit and wondrous grace. Following trying his luck, he gave one crystal ball to be attached to the top of the pagoda in this temple. The other ball was given to government officials, merchants and the people to be placed at the top of the pagoda in Wat Klang Suan Dokmai. After several years past, the balls were lost since the pagoda tops broke and collapsed. According to a chronicle, on his second trip to Chiang Mai in 1774, King Taksin ( Somdet Phrachao Krung Thonburi ) visited the abbot of Wat Doi Khoi Khao Kaeo and talked about the balls used in trying his luck. This temple was presumed to be built during the Ayutthaya period. The important ancient places are the Ubosot ( ordination hall ) with double-slab-boundary stones signifying royal patronage, the Buddha’s footprint in the Ubosot, and two Chedi’s ( pagodas ) where the ashes of King Taksin the Great’s father and mother are contained. The temple was registered as an ancient monument, as published in the Royal Gazette Volume 52, Section 75, dated 8 March, 1935.

 

 

 

 

 

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