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    Wat Phra That Cho Hae, Phrae

    This is the most well-known temple in Phrae province, it hosts a fragment of an elbow-bone of the Buddha and is a popular worship destination for Thais and other Buddhists.


    Although it was a steep 120 steps climb on a hot afternoon, I was grateful for the opportunity to escape and spend a couple of hours with the lovely Thai-wives of the esteemed TD members who were in Phrae at the same time.







    This Temple is also famous for the shrine of Phra Chao Than Chai Buddha, and has a gold plated 33 meters high chedi which is of the Chiang Saen style, there is also a fair celebrating the Chedi in March every year.
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    One of the many statues:


    A head:


    Ring the bells:



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    One of the elaborately ornated gongs:


    The statue in the main hall is a spitting image of the famous Phra Chinnarat bronze in Phitsanulok:

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    An area dedicated to the "Buddha mother", Quan Yin:


    Lesser spirits are also honoured:



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    One of the many souvenir stalls:



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    stroller, these pictures are AWESOME! When I go to Thailand I'll go there for sure, that's awesome they have a elbow bone of the Buddha!

    Thanx for the post!

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    Thanks for that. I will be passing thru Phrae next mo!


    This temple is about 8 kilometres to the east of town on Highway No. 1022. A major religious site of the province, it was built since the time of Sukhothai. The 33 metre-tall Chiang Saen-style Chedi houses a Holy Relic. It was built of bricks and covered with bright brass sheets. The name of the temple refers to fine silk woven in Sip Song Panna (in southern China) which was first used to wrap around the Chedi when the temple was first constructed. There is a fair celebrating the Chedi in March every year.

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    Beautiful temple and pictures. Thank for showing.
    I added this temple to my "to do", probably in new year.

    Tukata

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    The yearly temple festival has started today and will last until the 3. March.

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    Fantasic pictures. I often pass through Den Chai on my way to Chiang Mai but have never ventured to Phrae. Maybe I will next time. Does Phrae have anything else to offer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller
    he yearly temple festival has started today and will last until the 3. March.
    I know.
    The noise is driving me mad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulg
    Maybe I will next time. Does Phrae have anything else to offer?
    The temple in Denchai takes some beating.
    There are some rapids at Gang Luang and Gang Sua Den which are nice.
    Phae Muang Phi is a waste of time.
    Thailands second largest teak house Ban Pratubjai is OK
    The brothel next to the airport only charges 200 baht.
    Doi Leng has a nice view.
    Wat Chom Sawan is a Burmese style temple.

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    ^I shoulda built my house up there....

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