Wat Phra Taen Sila-Ard ‘Visit a traditional museum.’
There are many small but interesting museums hidden in temples. Same as Wat Phra Taen Sila-Ard, there is one inside too. This is good, because tourists can learn history, beside of walking around and admiring the temple.
But, before getting to know what the museum is, let’s get to know the temple itself first. Come on in!
Wat Phra Taen Sila-Ard was once known as ‘Wat Mahas That’. The legend can’t really tell the exact establishment date of the temple. There is only the story of ‘Phra Taen Sila-Ard’, which is the most valuable architecture of the tmple. According to the history, Phra Taen Sila Ard has existed since Chiangsaen Period. Now, that’s a very long time.
The architecture is located near Tung Yang Town. The story of the town is absolutely related to the architecture. Long time ago, Lord Buddha and 500 Buddhist saints travelled to a hill outside a town, which is in fact Tung Yang. Lord Buddha sat on a laterite platform and ate food. That platform is ‘Phra Taen Sila-Ard’ . Now, this may be breath-taking for you. You know why the architecture has been so holy and respectable. The Lord Buddha once sat on it!
Phra Taen Sila-Ard is a platform of a rectangle shape. Its doors once belonged to the vihara of Phra Buddha Chinnarat of Phitsanulok Province. You should see lotus pattern around the platform. Whether you believe this or not, but the thing survived the fire that burnt Monthep Forest in 1908. What a miracle! After the situation, King Rama 5 renovated the thing. Now, the thing looks beautiful.
After seeing the platform, now it’s time to visit what you’ve been looking forward to, the traditional museum! You will want to get your camera ready first.
The museum is called ‘‘The Museum of Ancient Local Life’. There are lots of exhibitions that can show you local life of northern Thai people the past. There are fishing equipments, ancient boats, basketry products and lots more. It’s small but valuable and worthy of admiring, especially if you have children.
Lastly, if you think you’re gonna love ancient things in the museum for sure, then you don’t want to miss these 2 festivals also. They are festivals that will get you closer to traditional atmosphere. Attend one or all of these right on time!
- Phra Taen Sila-Ard Respecting : You can shop for traditional items at this festival.
- Phra Taen Sila-Ard Worshipping : Worship the platform and you will be lucky.
How to get there
Wat Phra Taen Sila-Ard is located at Tao Hill, or Khao Tong, Ban Phra Taen, Tung Yung District, Laplae County, Uttaradit Province.
Let’s start from Uttaradit downtown. Then look for the Highway 102. Continue straight for about 4 kilometres. Just keep going. Soon, you will see Wat Phra Baromthat Tung Yang and Wat Phra Yuen Buddha Bhat Yukhon. After that, you will arrive at Wat Phra Taen Sila-Ard.
Phra Sri Phanommas Monument
Phraya Pichai Monument
Wat Buddha Bhat Yukol
Wat Buddha Say-Yas
- Phra Sri Phanommas Monument
Phra Sri Phanommas was once named ‘Tong-In’. He was a Chinese descendant, but he loved local life. Therefore, he spent his time on developing Laplae Town. This caused villagers to love and respect him. Go and see his monument, which is less than 10 kilometres away from the temple.
- Phraya Pichai Monument
Visit the monument of this brave warrior and patriot. He was the one who fought with Burmese army and got the victory, along with his broken sword. Make a memorial moment for hime. His monument is only about 10.92 kilometres away.
- Wat Buddha Bhat Yukol
This temples is less than 1 kilometre away. You will be stunned with Chiangsaen-style art and have a chance to pay respect to the bronze Lord Buddha statue called ‘Luang Pho Buddha Rangsri’. Don’t forget to walk around the temple and take lots of nice photos too.
- Wat Buddha Say-Yas
If you want to see a lying-down Lord Buddha statue, then you must visit this temple. See one for yourself and pay your respect. The temple is even less than 1 kilometre away from Wat Phra Taeb Sila-Ard.