Wat Phra Phutthabat—Phra Phutthabat District, Saraburi Province, Thailand.
Posted by: Ianatlarge
N 14° 43.110 E 100° 47.328
47P E 692586 N 1627955
Quick Description: A major Wat of Thailand, containing a footprint of the Buddha.
Date Posted: 4/5/2010 2:15:31 AM
Waymark Code: WM8HH1
This is one of the major Wats of Thailand. Every Thai Buddhist should visit this Wat once in their lifetime. Its significance comes from a Footprint of the Buddha, which was discovered in 1622, in the reign of the Ayutthaya King, Songtham (1624- 1628), who declared the area a holy site. The name of the Temple "Wat Phra Phutthabat" translates as "Temple of Buddha's footprint".
The Wat is located in the Saraburi Province, approximately ~120kms north from Bangkok, and 30kms north west from the capital city of the province, also named Saraburi.
In size the Footprint is 52 cm wide, by 180 cm long and 27 cm deep. It is now housed in a wonderfully designed and constructed, square building (Mondop/Mandapa). The Footprint is approached along a long, white open air staircase. The site has been continually built up, and re-built over the centuries. There are several older temple buildings around, and many small shrines with Buddha images. There is also a Museum of the history of the Shrine present.
There is a great deal of online information about the Wat available, rather than go into excessive detail here, I will include several links below. Certainly a Wat worth visiting, if you like visiting Wats, as I do. It is possible to reach the Wat from Bangkok and return in the same day, via public transport or by hiring a taxi. I so suggest wearing a hat, and sunblock.
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Photos of the shrine are strongly encouraged when permitted otherwise please refrain from taking pictures inside and in any case, generally have respect for the religious nature of the site.