Relatively little visited by independent travelers, but frequented by tourists in organized tours, Phitsanulok is a convenient base for exploring the historic sites of Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet. Its archi ¬ tecture any is due to a fire that devastated much of the city in 1957. However, this vibrant and welcoming city has museums and attractions, including Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, which contains one of Buddha effigies of the most revered in the country.
Phitsanulok, you can also visit the national parks Thung Luang Salaeng and Phu Hin Rong Kla year cian headquarters of the Communist Party of Thailand
Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat
This temple is locally called Wat Phra Si or Wat Yai. If the primary site seems small, it contains the Phra Phuttha Chinnarat, one of the Buddha statues the most revered and copied from Thailand. This bronze Buddha is the most important after the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok.
The construction of Wat was ordered under the reign of Li Thai in 1357. Upon completion, Li Thai would adorn three bronze statues of high quality and brought in renowned sculptors Si Satchanalai, Chiang Saen and Hariphunchai (Lamphun) and 5 Brahman priests. The first two statues were satisfactory in the first cast, but the third necessitated three tests before being considered the most successful. According to legend, a wise man in a white robe appeared miraculously to help the last cast, then disappeared. The latter was called the Buddha statue Chinnarat (Victorious King) and became the centerpiece of wihàhn. The other two bronzes, and Chinnasi Phra Phra Si Satsada were later transferred to the royal temple of Wat Bowonniwet in Bangkok.
Sukhothai style of late, this buddha is unique in a flame-like halo around the head and torso, then turns into serpent-dragon heads on both sides of the image. Buddha’s head is a bit larger than the standard Sukho Thai , giving it a more imposing look.
On one side, another sanctuary was converted into a museum and presents Buddhas, ceramics and other antiques.
Despite the sanctity of the temple, there is an atmosphere of fair: constant calls for donations, musicians, vendors row offering all sorts of items, several ATMs and hundreds of visitors. Try coming before 7am to discover in the quiet or take photos. Whatever the time of your visit, make sure your outfit – no shorts or tank tops.
FOLK MUSEUM. BUDDHAS FOUNDRY AND GARDEN BIRDS
Nationally recognized specialist in Thai folklore, former military cartographer and founder of Buddha statues, Sergeant Major Thawi Buranakhet apparently bird enthusiast, used his diverse interests and experiences to create three sites worth visiting in Phitsanulok.
The museum fokiorique Sergeant-Major Thawi presents a remarkable collection of tools, textiles and photographs of Phitsanulok Province. This interesting museum occupies five buildings in traditional Thai style, surrounded by manicured gardens. Each object is accompanied by a caption in English. Those who are interested in cooking will stop the traditional utensils and various traps for the game. Male visitors will probably disturbed by the description of the conventional castration of bulls, apparently made without sharp instrument.
On the other side of the street and also belonging to Dr. Thawi a small foundry manufactures Buddhas Buddhas bronze of all sizes. Visitors can observe the different stages of melting and photos explain the process of lost wax. Sometimes it takes more than a year to complete the larger rooms. On site, a small shop sells bronzes of various sizes.
Besides foundry, you will see the fighting cocks raised in the “Center of Conservative Folk Cock” and then sold throughout the country.
Adjacent to the smelter, Garden Birds of Thailand is the latest project of Dr. Thawi. This set contains aviary birds originating from Thailand, including some endangered species such as the beautiful Jambou Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus jambu) and the round helmet hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil), the prehistoric appearance. Unfortunately, the cages are rather small and do not reflect the natural environment of birds.
Museum, foundry and garden are south of Phitsanulok in Th Wisut Kasat.