of Thailand's larger towns will have a temple called Wat Mahathat
that houses an important relic of the Buddha. Phetchaburi's
Mahathat Temple, located on the west bank of the Phetchaburi
River, is built in the unique style of the Khmers. The temple
houses a pagoda or 'prang' with five spires, which was constructed
in accordance with the Mahayana concept. Inside the main pagoda
is the holy relic of the Buddha in a transparent casket.
main shrine hall or 'ubosot' features stucco decoration or
'poon pun' on the entrance doorway and the gables. Molded
statues can also be seen in the viharn. The design on the
gables shows the unmatched skill of the Phetchaburi craftsmen.
The statues caricature the world of politics in the various
periods of Thai history. The three sacred Buddha images in
the main shrine hall are Luang Por Mahathat, Luang Por Ban
Lam and Luang Por Takrao.
the temple is easy. Just look out for the big white pagoda
in town. The temple has two entrances, on Nog Road and Damnoenkasem
Road. It is located near Phrajomklao Bridge.
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