Wat Phra Mahathat

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Anyone who visits Nakhon Si Thammarat province should not miss visiting this sanctuary, which is the symbol of the province. There’s even a motto of the province that says, “City of history, relics of gold, beautiful nature, rich in mineral, many temples, and art, and full of shrimps and crabs. Actually, the relics of gold in the motto is the golden pagoda of Wat Phra Mahathat. There’s also a telescopic service available if anyone wants to see the top of the illuminated brass pagoda. 

Phra Mahathat Temple was built during the reign of King Rama 6 of the Chakri Dynasty. It’s regarded as the most important sanctuary in the south. Believe it or not, no shadow has ever cast on Wat Phra Mahathat, regardless of where the sun shines. To this day, nobody has yet been able to find the reason. This makes Wat Phra Mahathat one of the many unseen places in Thailand.

There is a distinctive feature at the top of the pagoda, which is covered with real gold from the belief that the Lord Buddha's relics should consist of gold and precious objects at the top of the pagoda. Buddhists believe that these precious relics brought the Lord Buddha to reach Nirvana. It is also believed that this very temple houses a tooth of Lord Buddha himself. 

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Nakhon Si Thammarat is a province with many interesting things that you have to see with your own eyes at least once. There, you can see great Buddhist relics of the south, see the famous southern Thai shadow play, and eat fresh seafood.