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Attractions in Uttaradit province in Thailand

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A province in the Lower North, Uttaradit has a long history going back to at least the Sukhothai period ( 13th century). Today, it is most noted for the cultivation of langsat fruit and for the major lake formed by the Sirikit Dam. The provincial capital is located 491 km. from Bangkok and the province covers an area of 7,838 sq.km. The original town, called Bang Pho Tha It, was located on the right bank of the Nan River. A flourishing port for regional trade, it was renamed Uttaradit, literally the Port of the North, by King Rama V (1868 - 1910) and made a provincial capital. When the northern railway line was built in the early 20th century with a stop at Uttaradit, the town received a further boost. Unfortunately, the town centre was largely destroyed in a fire in 1967 and was rebuilt in a modern style.

 

Wat Yai Tha Sao

 

 

Uttatadit

 

 

Wat Phra Boromathat Thung Yang

 

 

Wat Phra Thaen Sila At

 

 

Sak Yai Forest Park

 

 

Bo Lek Nam Phi

 

City attractions in Uttaradit

Wat Yai Tha Sao

Situated east of the town centre about 3 km. along Samranrun Road, this temple features an old chapel with beautifully carved wood door panels and lintels.

Wat Tha Thanon

Located beside the Nan River, this temple houses Luang Pho Phet, the principal Buddha statue of the province. It is in the ancient Chiang Saen style and cast in bronze.

Wat Thammathipatai

At this temple, the door panels of the large and ancient vihara of Wat Phra Fang are kept. The wooden panels are 2.2 m. wide and 5.3 m. tall and are carved in the graceful style of the Late Ayutthaya Period. Only the panels at Wat Suthat in Bangkok are regarded as better.

Phaya Phichai Dap Hak Memorial

This statue commemorates a governor who in 1772 valiantly fought the Burmese invaders until one of his swords broke in two. Still he prevailed over them, and is remembered as "Phichai of the Broken Sword".

Uttaradit Provincial Cultural Hall

Once the official residence of the provincial governor, this late 19th century traditional wooden building houses important historical relics. A major item is the Yan Mat, a carved wooden carrying pole made by Late Ayutthaya period craftsmen.

 

Out of city attractions in Uttaradit

Wat Klang

Located about 3 km. outside town at Ban Kae, this old temple has beautiful plaster bas-reliefs over the ubosot. Inside arc rare wall murals of the Early Rattanakosin period style depicting the Jataka and assemblage of celestial beings.

Wat Phra Boromathat Thung Yang

Located about 3 km. from town on Highway 102, this old temple, once called Wat Mahathat, has a large round Sri Lankan style chedi enshrining a holy relic.

Wat Phra Yun Phutthabat Yukhon

Situated near Wat Phra Boromathat Thung Yang, this temple features a Chiang Saen-style mondop sheltering holy footprints. It also houses a bronze Sukhothai-style Buddha statue.

Laplae

An ancient community dating from the Ayutthaya period, Laplae is an attractive place to visit with old wooden houses, hand-woven textiles and other craft specialties. It is also a major producer of langsat, the province's famous fruit. It lies west of town via Highway 102 for 3 km., then to the right along Highway 1041 for a further 6 km.

Wat Phra Thaen Sila At

Located near Laplae, this temple is believed to be of the Sukhothai Period. Its major feature is the base of a sermon platform built with laterite.

Namtok Mae Phun

Located at Ban Ton Klua, about 20 km. from town, the waterfall features multi-level cascades amid pleasant natural surroundings.

Sirikit Dam

Situated at Tha Pla some 68 km. from town on the Uttaradit- Tha Pla Road, this is the country's largest earthen dam. Stemming the Nan River, the dam is 800 m. wide. The large lake has beautiful scenery and during the cool season the landscape is covered in a profusion of colourful flowers and blooms. Accommodation and boating services are available.

Sak Yai Forest Park

This park, located in Amphoe Nam Pat about 80 km. from town on Highways 1045, 1146 and 1047, features the largest teak tree in the world. It has a circumference of 9.87 m. and an age of about 1,500 years. Sadly, its top was broken off in a storm, cutting its height from 48.5 m. to 37 m., but it is still alive.

Bo Lek Nam Phi

Here swords and other weapons were forged from high quality steel. There are two mines still in existence, whose ores are believed to have been used to make the king's swords only. This ancient site is reached by going to Thong Saen Khan (42 km. southeast of town), then taking Highway 1245 for 14 km.

 

Festivals in Uttaradit

The Tradition of Buddha Cremation

May
A unique religious ritual, is performed al Wat Phra Boromathat Thung Yang after Visakha Puja Day in May. It features a re-enactment of the Buddha's funeral ceremony.

 

Langsat Day Fair

Late September
This day celebrates the province's famous fruit. Langsat-growing has long been the main occupation of the local people. The fair features exhibitions, contests and parades of floats decorated with fruits and flowers, as well as entertainment.

 

Shopping in Uttaradit

Interesting items include woven materials with lovely designs and colours, and preserved fruit such as the chewy Kluai Kuan made from bananas.

 

 

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