Temples of Thailand - a photographic journey
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Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat
Of course I had to go see the famous Buddha image Phra Buddha Chinnarat in Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, but this was probably the busiest temple I have ever visited. Part of the problem was that I picked the Phra Buddha Chinnarat Fair week in February 2003. The important temple in Phitsanulok was build in 1357. Besides the main Buddha image there is many other things to see at the temple, like Phra Attharot, the 8 meter tall standing Buddha Statue, the pearl inlay wooded doors of the Vihara and the large gold plated Prang built in 1482, containing relics. Phra Buddha Chinnarat (the victorious king) is the masterpiece of late Sukhothai period art. In May 2004 on my second visit to this temple the main Buddha image had been stripped of the old gold layers and it appeared in black. In December 2004 we went back for the third time. Work had just been finished and the image appeared yet again in a beautiful layer of gold and a big festival was held to celebrate this accomplishment.