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Phra That Narai Cheng Weng ( Pictured top right )  is located in area of Phra That Narai Cheng Weng Temple, Phang Khwang in Sakon Nakhon Province. It is a Khmer stone sanctuary or Prasat Hin standing on a square laterite base. The main structure of the prang is made of sandstone. The sanctuary can be reached by a staircase in the front. While the front porch leads to the room inside the Prasat, the other 3 doors on both sides and at the back are false entrances.

According to the local folk tale, when Kassapa Thera, a disciple, brought the Urangkha That ( the chest bone relics of the lord Buddha ) from Rajgir in India to be housed in Phra That Phanom, at Nakhon Phanom, he passed the city by the Great Han Lake in Sakhon Nakhon. The queen of Phra Ya Suwanna Phingkharn, Phra Nang Narai Cheng Weng, on hearing the news about the monk and the relic, asked for a share. Kassapa Thera, however, gave her instead the ashes because he wanted to keep all parts of Urangkha That together in the same place. She then had them housed in the stone tunnel in her garden. The monument where the relics were kept is named after her, Phra That Narai Cheng Weng.

Both Phra That Narai Cheng Weng and Phra That Phanom were built long before the Khmer stone sanctuaries were started. So, it is presumed that the stone Prasat that exist today is a new structure which was built on the former Phra That Narai Cheng Weng. The sanctuary has steadily crumbled down. Its spire has already fallen out. The monument is reconstructed and fully ornamented by Muang Boran based on its actual size and form.

The Lan Chang Styled Scripture Repository and Wihan,  The northeastern community, established since the early Buddhist era, has created its own unique artistic style that is different from other types of indigenous architecture.

The art became known as the art of Lan Chang. Muang Boran has constructed this particular scripture repository and wihan in Lan Chang style to demonstrate the unique artistic features of Lan Chang art.

The extraordinary architectural style and design of the buildings are worth studying. The local architecture is ordinarily made of wood, the material often used by northeastern craftsmen. These architectures can hardly be seen today.