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Temples in Korat, Thailand.

 

City Pillar shrine

 

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Standing at the corner of Chumphon and Prachak Roads, this Chinese-style shrine houses the City Pillar, erected in the reign of King Narai the Great (1656-1688). It is also known as the Spirit shrine. The inner eastern wall is covered with fired clay tiles with raised designs depicting Thao Suranari in battle and scenes of daily life in ancient times.

 

 

City Pillar shrine

 

 

Wat Phra Narai

 

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The temple, on Prachak Road, houses a sandstone statue of the Hindu God Vishnu, which is considered to be Nakhon Ratchasima’s most sacred object.

 

 

 

This temple is also really nice if you like giant lizards. The lake has many big monitor lizards. It’s very special to see that in the middle of the city.

 

Monitor lizard at Wat Phra Narai. Some are 2 meters long.

 

Chang Phueak shrine

 

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This small shrine by the northern part of the city moat at the corner of Manat and Phon Saen Roads contains a Takhian Hin tree stump, which was where the people of Phu Khiao tied elephants for inspection before presenting them to King Rama I.

Chang Phueak shrine

 

Wat Sala Loi

 

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In the northeast of the city, 500 metres from Rop Mueang Road, the temple is most notable for its preaching hall designed in the shape of a sailing junk, which was awarded the prize as the best avant-garde religious building from the Siam Architects Society in 1973. Enshrined here is a large standing white Buddha image. On the front of the door is a plaster sculpture of Thao Suranari sitting and praying in the middle of a pond.

 

Wat Sala Loi

Link: – Tourist Authority of Thailand on Wat Sala Loi


Wat Sala Thong (out of the city)

 

About 1 km. southeast of the city, this is the temple of the Dhamayuti sect. The surrounding area was originally a dense forest where a stone Buddha image was found in a clearing and later covered by a temple hall. The large pagoda was built over a smaller one that enshrines holy relics of the Lord Buddha

 

 

Bun Luea Memorial (out of the city)

Situated at Bun Luea Witthayanuson School, 12.5 km. from the town on Nakhon Ratchasima-Chaiyaphum Road, the 175 cm. bronze monument honours the heroism of Bun Luea who gave her life when, in 1826, she and others defeated invaders by throwing lighted coals into a wagon carrying gunpowder.