Sights & Attractions
DailyOperating time: 08.00 - 17.00
Amphoe Sankhaburi, Chainat
Category : Temple
Attraction Details :
Previously called Wat Phrathat or Wat Hua Mueang, Wat Mahathat is the royal temple of Mueang Phraek or Mueang San, a city that dates back to the Dvaravati period (6th-13th century). The city was an important fort city for the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya Kingdoms. In 1901, King Rama V paid a notable royal visit and granted the temple his royal initials. The temple houses a distinguished Prang (or spire) in the shape of a star fruit and is made from brick on a square shaped base (or plinth) in the Lop Buri style. The Fine Arts Department restored it in 1983. In addition, a museum nearby houses additional historic artifacts.
Wat Mahathat is located some 20 kilometers from the provincial town of Chai Nat, at Mu 8, Tambon Phraek Si Racha. To get there, from Amphoe Mueang, proceed along Highway No. 340 and at the intersection, proceed to Amphoe Sankhaburi. From Sankhaburi District Office, proceed 500 meters further from the clock tower.
The temple is open daily from 8.00 am-5.00 pm.