Nakhon Pathom Temples, Temples in Nakhon Pathom with their History

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Temples in Nakhon Pathom
Temples
Wat Don Yai Hom
Location: Mueang District
Located in Tambon Don Yai Hom, it is generally known as "Wat Kok Yai Hom". At the present time, it is an archaeological site, a ruin which is called "Nearn Phra". Regarding Wat Kok Yai Hom which was located in Moo 3, Tambon Don Yai Hom is an old wat which has become almost dilapidated. Hotels in Nakhon Pathom Area
Wat Phra Mayn
Location: Mueang District
Wat Phra Pathom Chedi
Wat Phra Pathom Chedi
Is situated at Ananta Uttayan Park, Tambon Huai Chorakae, to the south of Phra Pathom Chedi. It is an abandoned temple that nowadays resemble a large hill. Also discovered here are other artefacts which include bronze Buddha images as well as arms, thighs, and hands from a laterite Buddha image, Yaksa Deva (Thai mythical giant gods), Lotus Lion Deva, and stucco reliefs from the stupa ruins. At present, they are exhibited at the Bangkok National Museum and Wat Phra Pathom Chedi.
Wat Phra Pathom Chedi Ratchaworawiharn
Location: Mueang District
The present Phra Pathom Chedi was built during the reign of King Rama IV in 1853, under his royal command, the new Chedi was constructed to cover the former Chedi of which the shape was of an upside down bell shape with a Prang top. The completed Chedi is a circular one that features an upside down bell shape Chedi (Lankan style). The height from ground to a top crown is some 120.45 metres, and a total diameter at the base is 233.50 metres., and hosts each November a ten-day fair which combines merriment and traditional entertainment with solemn religious merit making.
Wat Phra Patone Chedi
Location: Mueang District
Wat Phra Patone Chedi
Wat Phra Patone Chedi
Another historical site located in Wat Phra Padhone Chedi temple, Tambon Phra Padhone. It is located 2 Kms. to the east of Phra Pathom Chedi down Petchakasem Road. The former shape of Phra Padhone Chedi was an upside down bell like other Chedi that was built in Dvaravati period. As Wat Phra Padhone Chedi is located in the middle of the ancient city of Nakhon Chaisi thus several artefacts were discovered during excavations. Some of the discovered items include Buddha images, heads of Buddha images and Buddha images in terra cotta, as well as a bronze figure of a garuda gripping naga under it’s claws, which is the official symbol of King Rama VI.

Highlights of Wat Pathom Chedi are Ruang Rojanarit Buddha image and Wat Phra Pathom Chedi Museum. Ruang Rojanarit is a standing Buddha image in the forgiving posture and is located in the north image hall in the front of Phra Pathom Chedi. The Buddha image was crafted in King Rama VI’s reign and it was also where his ashes were placed. The museum is in the west side of the temple and contains a huge collection of archaeological finds from Nakhorn Pathom province dating back to the era of Baan Chiang and Tvaravadi. Also, the casket of "Ya-Lay", King Rama VI's favorite dog, is also kept inside this museum.
Wat Rai Khing
Location: Sam Pran District
Wat Rai Khing
Wat Rai Khing
Wat Rai Khing is located in Tambon Rai Khing 32 Kms. from Bangkok. It is a civilian monastery built in 1791. Somdej Phra Phuttha Chan (Pook) named this temple after the district. When construction was completed, the Buddha image was brought from Wat Sala Poon and enshrined here, later the locals named the image Luang Pho Wat Rai Khing. The Buddha image is in the attitude of Buddha Subduing Mara. The Buddha image is of Chiang Saen style and is assumed to have been built by Lanna Thai and Lan Chang craftsmen. According to legend, this Buddha image was found floating in the river, so the townspeople lifted the Buddha image out of the water and enshrined the image at Wat Sala Poon.

For History enthusiasts, there is a museum collecting and exhibits various kinds of artefacts including ancient bowls, mural paintings, and old books, all of which were donated by the townspeople.
Wat Klang Bang Kaew
Location: Nakhon Chai Sri District
Wat Klang Bang Kaew, an old temple located in Tambon Nakhon Chaisi, houses a chapel, a vihara, and a principal Buddha image, all of which are very old and archaeologically assumed to have been built in the Ayutthaya period. In the temple, there is Phra Phuttha Vithinayok museum whose exhibition ranges from historical remains, artefacts, to utensils of the late monks: Luang Poo Boon (Phra Phuttha Vithinayok Boon Kanthachoti) and Luang Poo Perm (Phra Phuttha Vithinayok Perm Punyavasano). Their Buddha images, amulets, and sacred talismans are also on display. On another side of the museum, it exhibits Thai medicines, herbs, and utensils of craftsmen.