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Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat is located on the east side of the Nan River at the Naresuan Bridge. The first constructions, being the cloisters were started in 1357.
The architecture left today includes a Khmer styled Prang, the Buddha Chinnarat Museum exhibiting Sukhothai period works and the Vihara housing the enormous image of Pra Buddha Chinnarat. This image is in the Mara Submission form and was moulded duting the Sukhothai Kingdom approximately 700 years ago as confirmed by a stone inscription in the Temple grounds.
The image is now displayed all over Thailand and a good reproduction can be seen at Wat Benchamabophit in Bangkok.


Phitsanulok Province is located in Lower North Thailand and is historiclly linked to Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet. Visitors to any of these ancient cities should also plan to visit all four of them at the same time. The neighbouring Provinces are Loei, Phetchabun, Phichit, Kamphaeng Phet, Sukhothai and Uttaradit. The Capital City is also called Phitsanulok which is located on the Nan River. The name ” Phitsanulok ” has ancient Hindu routes, as ” Phitsanu ” is derived from the Hindi name ” Visnu ” and a general translation of the modern Thai name means ” Vishnu’s Heaven ”. Other ancient Thailand place names follow this Hindu tradition, such as, Ayutthaya.

The major tourist attractions in Phitsanulok are

The National Parks
Thung Salaeng Luang
Phu Hin Rong Kla
Namtok Chat Trakan, and
Kaeng Chet Khwae

Historical Monumnets
Phitsanulok City fortifications, the Wall and Moat
The City Pillar Shrine
Shrine for King Naresuan The Great
Chandra Palace, which was the birth place of King Naresuan

The Buddhist Temples
Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat
Wat Aranyik
Wat Chedi Yod Thong
Wat Ratchanurana
Wat Chula Manee
Wat Grung See Jayrin