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Wat Phra Mahathat in Nakhon Si Thammarat

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Wat Phra Mahathat, he most famous temple in the South, is a "Top Attraction"
Other famous temples in the South: Wat Hat Yai Nai -- Wat Phra Boromathat
The most famous attraction of Nakhon is the Buddhist temple Wat Phra Mahathat.
Wat Phra Mahathat is the oldest, most important and by far most interesting temple in the city and the entire South of Thailand.
A small pagoda was built in this site in the 7th century. The main pagoda was commissioned by King Si Thammarat in the 8th century, when the harbour city was called Ligor.
The second highest Pagoda of Thailand was erected during the Sri Vijaya Empire.

The present pagoda has a distinctive Sri Lankan style. It is 55.78 meters high (measured by the Fine Arts Department during the renovation of the gold top in 1995). The height from the lotus base to the gold top is 6.80 meters. The top is entirely covered by pure gold.
Inside the temple are many buildings of importance, especially the royal building where the Buddha image attired in royal wardrobe Phra Si Thamma Sokarat is housed.

There are also the Phra Maha Phinetkrom (the equestrian image) building, the Thap Kaset building, while the Khian and Pho Lanka buildings are used to display artifacts donated to the temple by Buddhists.
The most important temple in the south of Thailand
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