It was Visakha Bucha, a Buddhist holiday where Thais visit temples to pray, when we decided to drive and visit Nakhon Sri Thammarat, the largest city in the South of Thailand. This one day road trip had been educational since our kids hadn’t only gotten to experience a Buddhist religious practice. We did not stay in some fancy hotel with kids pool which by the way is their most favorite activity. Instead they explored some ancient artifacts in the temple’s museum dating back to Bangkok period. This may not as outdoorsy as spelunking Phu Pha Phet or swimming at Wang Sai Thong Falls but it certainly is informative and insightful in terms of Thai culture and religious belief.
This is Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, the main and oldest buddhist temple in Nakhon Sri Thammarat. Directly in front of the temple’s right wing entrance is the museum. Inside, you’ll find three large chambers where ancient artifacts that date back to Bangkok period were exhibited. There were hand painted metal cabinets of varying sizes, brasswares, copperwares, glasswares, and chinas. Aside from these, there were weapons, textiles, a few preserved sea creatures, and numerous sea shells. It is a great place to explore and a good reinforcement for kids studying history and marine life. Taking of photos are not allowed here.
This was taken just outside the museum. A row of seating, golden Buddhas outlined the entire length of this side of the temple. On the same chamber, were displays of huge whale remains and other marine life.
Despite the scorching heat of the sun, exploring Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawin was a great experience.
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