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    Thailand's oldest temple, anyone?

    The Mrs. seems to think it is wat-po in Bangkok, and she may well be correct. However, I always thought Ayutthaya or even Chiang Mai might boast an older temple. Google hasn't really cleared this one up, so does anybody know where Thailand's oldest temple is located?

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    Wat Po is the oldest in Bangkok, but I would think some old Kymer temple up in Pimai. Dont know if Kymer would count as Thai but its from the 1100s I think.

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    Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang looks very old
    No idea if it is the oldest though

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    Be one of the historical parks that has the oldest I would imagine.
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    Sukothai has some dating from 1200; the Thai language was born there under King Ramkhamhaeng, he invented it. Ayutthaya is newer by about 200 years. It was sacked in 1767.
    Good luck with getting a definitive answer though. Too bad, as I love history and Thai history is couched in obscurities it seems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grower
    Too bad, as I love history and Thai history is couched in obscurities it seems.
    No kidding. Pity it is. Pimai is a paradox to the Thai's. Its Buddhist but its Khymer. What about Phra Wiharn?

    Oblique?

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    must be many Khmer era temples still operating, if they are to classified as wats?
    i have been to one near the Poipet border, on the thai side about 15km south, the leaflet i got said it dated to 647AD which puts it about 400+ years before Phimai and Angkor Wat
    could only find this french site, it says 637AD but what's a few years
    it is still used there are two monks houses there but empty when i went, maybe out shopping or across border at a casino, and people doing the incense thing
    this is the site there must be a english one somewhere also
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    nice post, then we add wat and temple. more problems.

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    Some of the Khmer ones should be the oldest and were originally Hindu, like the main complex at Angkor Wat.

    Wat Po is positively modern compared with most in Thailand.

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    Wat Phra Pathom in Nakhom Pathom was the first Buddhist temple in Thailand, built in the 4th Century AD. It's still in use but I'm not sure if any of the original temple is left. Wat Po in Bangkok is only about 200 years old, as is Bangkok. Not even an American would consider that to be old
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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    No kidding. Pity it is. Pimai is a paradox to the Thai's. Its Buddhist but its Khymer. What about Phra Wiharn?

    Oblique?
    Ha, indeed. Still looking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b
    Wat Phra Pathom in Nakhom Pathom was the first Buddhist temple in Thailand, built in the 4th Century AD.
    Link please...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grower View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b
    Wat Phra Pathom in Nakhom Pathom was the first Buddhist temple in Thailand, built in the 4th Century AD.
    Link please...
    FFS. How the hell would I know. Not everything I know comes with a URL attached. Go find out for yourself, you lazy sod. Sometimes the sheer bloody bone idleness of some people just astounds me. Are you even able to take a dump without help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b
    Sometimes the sheer bloody bone idleness of some people just astounds me. Are you even able to take a dump without help?
    Ooo, hyperbole aside; I've been looking. Why are you so grumpy, geez, I just asked.
    I definitely would have followed it (the link) as I don't take anything for granted or fact until I fact check it to my satisfaction; clear mai? Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Some of the Khmer ones should be the oldest and were originally Hindu, like the main complex at Angkor Wat
    Not operating but I've been there. In Surin. Old as dirt. 7th century.


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    Link please...
    There's a page on Dhammathai which says it's regarded as one of the oldest sacred sites in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    Wat Phra Pathom in Nakhom Pathom was the first Buddhist temple in Thailand, built in the 4th Century AD. It's still in use but I'm not sure if any of the original temple is left. Wat Po in Bangkok is only about 200 years old, as is Bangkok. Not even an American would consider that to be old
    It's funny but true about 'old' to an American. Funnier still, most buildings in Alaska are 20th century, the exceptions being from Russian days, mostly Orthodox churches. This really amazed visiting British friends. A large number have been built since the oil boom in the 1970's.

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