Located 60 kilometers from Mukdahan Province and 76 kilometers from Nacome Phanom Province the Wat is situated in the small Province of That Phanom. My girlfriend and her family took me to this sacred temple during my stay in Mukdahan.
That Phanome Province is situated on the Mekong which borders Laos.
The first building on this site is said to have been built eight years after the death of Buddha or around 2500 years ago. The site has seen frequent restorations since that time and houses a relic of Buddha said to be his collar bone. In 1975 the Wat was closed due to heavy rains caving in the Pagoda which houses the relic, the relic was subsequently removed and housed elsewhere while the Pagoda was rebuilt. The Pagoda has a height of 57 meters and the very top of the Pagoda is solid gold weighing in at 110 kilograms. The outer buildings and courtyards were built much later and are very beautiful.
Outside the Wat is a large market that is very busy on the weekends and religious holidays.
This is a wonderful day trip not to be missed if you are in the area. We spent considerable time in the Wat and were blessed by the monks. The market was great and we had a very nice picnic lunch with the whole family in the market’s courtyard.
Monday, May 12, 2008
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