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Wat Phra Fang Situated on the left bank of the beautiful Maenam Nan River is the majestic Wat Phra Fang Sawangkhamuninat. This beautiful temple is located 16 kilometres south of the town of Uttaradit in the Tambon Pha Jook.

Wat Phra Fang Sawangkhamuninat is one of the most ancient temples in Thailand that was

constructed during the  Sukhothai Period. The r omantic ruins of the  temple are shaded by

beautiful trees and provide an excellent glimpse of  Sukhothai architecture. A major portion

of this temple is in ruins and is undergoing renovation. One of the most attractive features of

this temple is the Phra Mahathat Chedi. Located in the temple is a large wiharn whose columns

are supporting the already dilapidated and partially collapsed roof and the Chedi of the temple.

The front wall of the temple used to house an exquisitely carved large wooden door. This door is

currently being maintained at Thammatipatai temple located in the town of Uttaradit.

Wat Phra Fang Sawangkhamuninat was once used to be the place of Phra Fang, one of the most revered Buddha images in Thailand. The dilapidated state of the temple led to the shifting of the image to Benchamaborphit temple in Bangkok by King Chulalongkorn. However, the temple still contains a partially restored image of an old Phra Ubosot that belongs to the Ayutthaya period. The entire temple is richly decorated with stucco works and beautiful paintings that are worth seeing.

You can reach this temple by crossing the bridge on the Maenam Nan that is present on the southern side of Uttaradit town. After crossing the bridge, proceed along the road to Baan Kung Tha Pao. The journey can be completed by either using a car or a boat.


Local Products

Interesting items include woven materials  with their lovely designs and colours, and preserved edibles made from local fruits such as chewy candy like Kluai Kuan  which is made from banana.


Festivals

The Atthami Bucha Festival at Thung Yang village commemorates the cremation of the Buddha


Phraya Phichai Dap Hak and Red Cross Fair  is organized to commemorate the heroic deeds of Phraya Phichai during 7–16 January every year at Phraya Phichai Dap Hak Stadium. There is the Provincial Red Cross Centre’s booths selling products, traditional and cultural performances, various forms of entertainment and a ceremony to worship Phraya Phichai Dap Hak.

The Tradition of Buddha Cremation  a religious ritual seen nowhere else, is held at Wat Phra Borom That Thung Yang after Visakha Bucha day in May. It features the re enactment the funeral ceremony for the Lord Buddha.

Uttaradit Province, Page 8, Places to see, Wat Phra Fang, Local Products to look out for, & Festivals.
Uthai Thani Province Page 1, Geography, The Districts, and the History