Bo Lek Nam Phi Traditional Museum and Phraya Pichai Monument ‘Ones of the best tourist attractions of the province’
If you still don’t have any place in your mind to full-fill your Uttaradit trip, then take a look at these 3 places.
Bo Lek Nam Phi, Bo Lek Nam Phi Traditional Museum and Phraya Pichai Monument. These places allow you to learn a lot about life in the past.
Tell your kids about this place. It’s interesting. This is an origin of steel. By getting there, you should see steel ponds and steel furnaces around. These things have existed for centuries. The most important ones are Bo Phra Saeng and Bo Phra Khan, the two ponds that was once used by ancient kings.
If you don’t’ speak Thai, you may not understand why the name of the place is ‘Bo Lek Nam Phi’. Well, let’s see. ‘Bo’ means ‘pond’. ‘Lek’ means ‘steel’. ‘Nam Phi’ came from ‘Nam Li’, the former name that means ‘vanished water’. There was once a drought disaster, causing the water to be gone.
Some other legend says about ‘Nam Li’ differently. It says, Phra Ruang tried to find some thread at the village. He felt angry, as villagers didn’t give him thread immediately. They were too slow. For that reason, Phra Ruang though that these villagers were unkind. He cursed the village to face a harsh drought disaster.
The story of the place is interesting. Do you know that steel of Bo Lek Nam Phi was used for war weapon production. Even in present days, some people still use steel from there to make amulets. These amulets are on sale at the souvenir shop. Just buy some, if you want to, before you leave. Steel from Bo Lek Nam Phi is well-known for its durability. It doesn’t get rusty easily. It’s strong. It lasts long. It’s even holy so much that you have to tell the guardian spirit around there first, before you take parts of steel away.
One more thing, you can’t for get this. Don’t just leave Bo Lek Nam Phi if you don’t visit Bo Lek Nam Phi Traditional Museum. The museum it’s located within the same area of Bo Lek Nam Phi. You will love these ancient items in the museum. There are mostly utensils and artworks made of Bo Lek Nam Phi steel. The museum is divided into 4 different zones, which are temporary houses.
How to get to Bo Lek Nam Phi
Bo Lek Nam Phi is located at Area 1, Nam Phi District, Tong Saeng Khan County, Uttaradit Province. It’s about 56 kilometres away from the downtown.
Use the Highway 11 and the provincial Highway 1244. Reach for Tong Saen County and turn right to get into Wat Nam Phi. Then continue straight for another 3 kilometres.
Phraya Pichai Monument
Phraya Pichai was a brave warrior and a true patriot. He beat the Burmese army in 1773 and broke his sword. Everyone who visit Uttaradit won’t want to miss his monument.
Phraya Pichai Monument is right in front of Uttaradit City Hall. After paying respect to the statue, you will want to access Phraya Pichai Museum too. This is located within the same area. Go and see Phraya Pichai’s weapons and other of his belongings. The museum is available everyday, from 6:00-20:00.
How to get to Phraya Pichai Museum
The monument can be reached by a car, a bike, or walking. There are parking lots in front of the monument that contain approximately 100 cars. Or you can park at Uttaradit Provincial Organization.
Tham Chan Cave Forest Park
- Tham Chan Cave Forest Park
Let’s explore the cave. This cave is a cave of middle size and located on the right side of Klong Tron National Preserved Forest. It’s 200 metres deep and 15 metres wide. Grab your flashlight and get inside. Always walk carefully.
The legend of this temple is interesting. It says something about Lord Buddha’s visiting. The temple also contain a part of Lord Buddha’s relics inside a white old Lanka pagoda.