Wat Phra Thaen Si La At is the most important and famous temple in Uttaradit.
Wat Phra Thaen Si La At is open every day from 08:00 to 16:30 and admission is free. Wat Phra Thaen Si La At is located 7 km to the west of Uttaradit town centre and to get there you need your own vehicle or a taxi as it is too far to walk from the town.
About Wat Phra Thaen Si La At
Wat Phra Thaen Si La At is a very old temple founded at some point during the time of the Sukhothai Kingdom which lasted from 1238 to 1438. Nearly all of the original temple burnt down in 1908 and what stands today is a new temple rebuilt thereafter.
The only significant part of Wat Phra Thaen Si La At which survived the fire, and the reason why the temple is so important, is a square slab of laterite stone which is ornately patterned. This slab of stone occupies a central position in the main building of the temple covered by a canopy.
The inside of the prayer hall at Wat Phra Thaen Si La At is decorated with lots of wall murals and a wide range of Buddha statues, some very old.
According to local legend the Lord Buddha visited Uttaradit Province with 500 of his disciples and spent time giving sermons at a town which used to exist near to Wat Phra Thaen Si La At. The laterite block is where the Lord Buddha is believed to have sat whilst delivering sermons.
Such is the importance of the laterite block successive Kings of Thailand have visited Wat Phra Thaen Si La At to worship. King Rama V was responsible for seeing that the temple was quickly rebuilt after the fire.
A large annual festival is held at Wat Phra Thaen Si La At every year on the full moon day of the third lunar month, which falls around the start of February. During this time large numbers of people visit the temple and food stalls are set up around the front of temple and in the nearby Wat Phra Yuen Putthabat Yukol, which is believed to contain several footprints of the Lord Buddha from the time of his visit to the province.
Location of Wat Phra Thaen Si La At
- Wat Phra Thaen Si La At is located 7 km by road from Uttaradit Railway Station.