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Attractions in Yasothon province in Thailand

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One of I-san's newest and smallest provinces, with an area of 4,161 sq. km., Yasothon is a little off the beaten track.

It is famous, however, for growing high-quality jasmine rice and for its annual Rocket Festival, the largest event of its kind in the region. The provincial capital is 530 km. from Bangkok, though access is easy from Ubon Ratchathani, some 100 km. to the southeast.

Phrathat Anon, Wat Mahathat

 

Scripture Hall, Wat Mahathat

 

Phrathat Kong Khao Noi

 

Rocket Festival

 

Rocket Festival

 

Rocket Festival

 

Khit Pillows Making

 

 

City attractions in Yasothon

Wat Mahathat

This important temple is primarily interesting for the highly revered Phrathat Anon, a Lao-style stupa believed to enshrine holy relics of Phra Anon, the Buddha's first disciple. Also in the temple compound is a scripture hall beautifully decorated with woodcarving and lacquer designs.

Phaya Thaen Public Park

This landscaped park, on Chaeng Sanit Road, is named after the rain god, Phaya Thaen, and is the venue for the annual rain invoking Rocket Festival in May, as well as other major festivals such as Songkran.

Chi River Beach

A popular local picnic spot, this 2-km. natural beach is formed by the receding level of the river during the dry season.

 

Out of city attractions
in Yasothon

Phrathat Kong Khao Noi

Located at Tambon Tat Thong, some 2 km. from town along Yasothon Udon Thani Road, this small square Ayutthaya-period pagoda is notable for its distinctive top, while the middle section has designs of doorways on all four sides.

Ban Si Than

Located 20 km. from Yasothon town on the way to Amnat Charoen, the village produces Khit pillows for which the province is renowned.

Phu Tham Phra

East of Ban Kut Hae, 12 km. from Loeng Nok Tha on Highway 212, this large cave houses countless sacred Buddha images.

Phu Tham Phra

 

Wat Song Pueai

Lying 21 km. from town on Highway 23 and a further 5 km. off to the right, the temple is interesting for its 8-metre high Buddha image, which is more than 200 years old. There is also a pagoda containing earth from Buddhist sites in India, as well as a museum with artefacts found at Dong Mueang Toei, an ancient Khmer city.

Dong Mueang Toei

Located 1 km. south of Ban Song Pueai, the ruins show traces of a religious building, a pool and a city wall, the site thought to have been inhabited during the pre-Angkor Chenla period prior to the rise of the Khmer.

Lord Buddha's Footprint

Located 6 km. west of the district on Highway 2083, the sacred footprint was originally found on a sand dune in the middle of the Chi River. The one-metre-tall laterite Buddha image can also be seen at the site.

 

   

Special event in Yasothon

Rocket Festival

May
Celebrated over two days in the middle of the month with a procession and the firing of giant home-made rockets, the Festival both promotes social unity and serves as an invocation to the rain god Phaya Thaen.

Rocket Festival

 

Shopping in Yasothon

Local handicrafts include Khit pillows from Ban Si Than and basketry in the form of rice containers that are widely made at Ban Thung Nang Ok and Ban Na Samai in Amphoe Mueang.

 

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