Wat Phra Thaen Sila Ard ‘See the long-history laterite platform and tour the museum of ancient local life.’
Wat Phra Thaen Sila Ard is one of interesting temple in Uttaradit Province.
Wat Phra Thaen Sila Ard was once called Wat Maha That. This is a very valuable ancient temple. There aren’t certain stories that can exactly tell about its establishment. However, for ‘Phra Thaen Sila Ard’, a valuable architecture and the highlight of the temple, it’s believed that the thing has been existed since Chiangsaen Period, as the thing has been located near Tung Yung Town.
There is also a legend of Tung Yung Town, which relates to Phra Thaen Sila Ard. It says, long time ago, Lord Buddha and 500 Buddhist saints travelled to stay at a hill outside a town. That town was named ‘Tung Yung’ later. And Lord Buddha ate his food on a laterite platform. That platform was named ‘Phra Thaen Sila Ard’ later.
Phra Thaen Sila Ard is a rectangle-shaped platform. There are patterns of lotus petals all around it. And, for your information, in 1908, Monthop Forest was on fire and the vihara. Phra Than Sila Ard was the only thing that survived the fire. Therefore, King Rama 5 started to renovate it. Also, the doors of Phra Thaen Sila Ard, which were once carved wooden doors, were once the doors of the vihara of Phra Buddha Chinnarat of Phitsanulok Province.
Beside of Phra Thaen Sila Ard, there is also another interesting spot of the temple. It’s ‘The Museum of Ancient Local Life’. In this museum, you will see old equipments used for fisheries, ancient boats, basketry, and other exhibitions that tell you about lives of palace people in the past and northern Thai art. This is perfect for your kids. They can learn a lot about things in the past and that will stimulate their brain procedure.
Anyway, to get there, you will want to choose a proper time, in order to join these two festivals right on time.
- Phra Thaen Sila Ard Respecting : If you want to shop for traditional and ancient items, you should never miss this.
- Phra Thaen Sila Ard Worshipping : It’s believed that if you worship Phra Thaen Sila Ard, it will do your fortune good.
That’s not the end of that. You will want to walk around the temple to, as it’s beautiful. Take some photos and pay respect to some Lord Buddha statues in the temple before you leave.
How to get there
Wat Phra Thaen Sila Ard is located at Tao Hill, or Khao Tong, Ban Phra Thaen, Tung Yung District, Laplae County, Uttaradit Province. To be precise, it’s next to Wat Phra Yuen Buddha Bhat Yukhon.
To get to Wat Phra Thaen Sila Ard, you will first get to Uttaradit downtown. Then you try to find the Highway 102. After finding it, keep going for about 4 kilometres. Just follow the way, don’t make any turn. Concentrate, you will first see Wat Phra Barommathat Tung Yung and Wat Phra Yuen Buddha Bhat Yukhon. Then you will reach Wat Phra Thaen Sila Ard in a hot second or you can book the car rental with driver for 3 days 2 Nights trip in Uttaradit.
Opening hours and Entrance fee : Opens daily from 8 am until 4 pm. Admission is free.
Note : Wheelchair user is accessible for the ground temple
Wat Phra Thaen Sila Ard Map