Hi there! I am back from my travels in Phrae province. I visited four attractions in this trip. I found some gorgeous places and intriguing attractions. Let’s see which points are interesting in Phrae!
The first place I visited was Wat Phra That Cho Hae which is the Phra That of the tiger year. The ancient temple, located on a hilltop in Tambon Pa Daeng, 10 km southeast of Phrae, is finely decorated in the Lanna style. It is said that people who go to Phrae without paying respect to Phra That Cho Hae can’t truly say they’ve been there. Anybody who goes and is offered a three-colored fabric will be more prosperous in life and career, healthier, and protected from enemies.LuangPhoChoHae(FatherChoHae) the principalBuddhaimage of this temple, is more than a hundred years old. Also, there was a newBuddhaimage called Luang Pho Tun Jai (FatherTunJai) which was very holy. Many come here to make prayers. The highlight of the benediction was the wood of cast lots. It was made from reed or teak.
Baan Pra Tub Jai or “House of 100 poles” was the second place I visited. It was cool! All of the house was made from teakwood and there was 130 big teak poles each pole was more than 300 years old. Some said that it contained the world’s largest amount of teakwood in one house. Inside, you could see carved wooden cabinets, ancient porcelain, “PhangLang” which was an ancient tripper using instead of a bell or horn, plants in literature, and numerous rare antiques. You are allowed see this incredible place by paying just 15 baht for Thai people and 20 baht for foreigners.
The next place to mention is Khum Chao Luang Muang Phrae In 1997 this building received awards for its outstanding architecture. It was built in theKingRamaVarchitecture style which is a mix of Thai and European called gingerbread. This residence of the vassal prince is luxurious, fantastic and enormous. The building is decorated with beautiful carved wood of well-known Chinese craftsmen of that era. If you want to see how elegant it is and also become familiar with the history of Phrae province, this place is for you.
Finally, we came to the last attraction of the Phrae trip Wat Phra Bat Ming Muang which combines two temples, Wat Phra Bat andWatMingMuang.PhraBuddhaKosaiSitichaiMahaShakayamuni, the respectableBuddhaimage of Phrae, can be seen in this temple. What is more,ChediMingMuang, an ancient pagoda withBuddha’s footprint, can be seen here also. An interesting attraction too is the Memorial Foundation of Yakob, a famous writer from the region,ChotePhraephunor Yakob who was the last heir of the Phrae rulers. This attraction is a destination for those people who want to pay respects to the respectableBuddhaimage and at the same time visit the foundation of a renowned writer.