In addition to its importance in the history of Thailand, Phitsanulok features rivers, mountains, and forests, ideal for lovers of natural beauty.
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Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Temple
It was built in 1357 to enshrine the famous Phra Buddha Chinnarat statue. Phra Buddha Chinnarat is a bronze-casted statue widely considered the most beautiful image of the Buddha inThailand. The statues unique feature is the halo that signifies the spiritual radiance of the Lord Buddha; it then becomes an influence to Buddha images in later years. Other interesting architecture details include the ordination hall's doors, which were made in 1756 using wood and pearl inlaid crafted byAyutthayas royal craftsmen, and wall paintings depicting the life of the lord Buddha.
Namtok Chat Trakan National Park
Namtok Chat Trakan National Park covers a total area of 146,875 rai or 58,750 acres and is most famous for its waterfall. The seven-tier waterfall cascades down from the mountain cliffs, containing prehistoric carvings and symbols. The lowest waterfall contains a fresh water beach and a large pond where visitors and swim and relax by.
Phu Soi Dao National Park
The park has a cool climate all year round due to its height at 2,102 meters above sea level. Phu Soi Dao national park borders Laos and is home to several species of wild flowers. The park has several attractions that includes a savanna field situated within the dense pine trees and the five tier Phu Soi Dao waterfall near the park office.
Ratburana Temple
Ratburana Temple is situated by the south of Phra Si Mahathat Temple and is worth taking a visit. The temple was constructed on the orders of King Borom Trailokanat of Ayutthaya who was an important figure in promoting Buddhism in the Thai Kingdom. The temple's highlight includes a three headed Naga, the mythical serpent that protected the Lord Buddha.