Top attractions of Phitsanulok

Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat, photo by bartvanpoll/Flickr

The historic city of Phitsanulok is a fantastic city which is a must-see destination while you are on your holiday in central Thailand. Phitsanulok lies on the banks of the river Nan It is one of the country’s oldest cities. There are numerous spectacular temples and other tourist attractions in the beautiful city.

It is surely a remarkable tourist destination for those who love art, culture and to take part at some fantastic festivals. Visit any of the fantastic attractions: the Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat, Wat Aranyik, Wat Ratchaburana, the Chandra Palace or the city’s great folklore museum, and you will surely be amazed by their beauty. Read on to find out more about the top attractions of Phitsanulok.


As in many cities in Thailand, there are numerous spectacular temples in Phitsanulok, too. The most beautiful temple, also the main tourist attraction of Phitsanulok is Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat. The temple is considered to be built in the 14th century. It houses one of the country’s most revered Buddha statues, Phra Buddha Chinnarat. The temple is impressive and has a large entrance. There is a museum on the temple’s grounds named the Buddha Chinnarat National Museum. It includes a fantastic collection relating to Sukhothai art. Wat Aranyik is another beautiful temple of Phitsanulok which was built during the Sukhothai period. There is also a monastery and a modern temple on the grounds of the original temple. The remains of the original temple are surrounded by moats which is also very attractive for visitors. Wat Ratchaburana is another great temple located in the city centre of which main attraction is the 600 year-old chedi. Other temples of Phitsanulok are Wat Chedi Yod Thong and Wat Nang Phaya.

Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat, photo by bartvanpoll/Flickr


Other attractions

Besides the numerous wonderful temples, there are also several other attractions in Phitsanulok. There is a fantastic folklore museum and an art and culture gallery in the city. The museum includes a great collection of folk arts, basketry, ancient kitchen utensils and crafts. The art and culture gallery includes about 100 works of Thai artists. The Chandra Palace is another wonderful tourist attraction of the city. It is considered the birthplace of King Naresuen the Great. The palace houses a shrine of the king. Other attractions are the remains of the ancient city walls, the city’s night market, the Nan River houseboats for which Phitsanulok is famous all around the country and Buranathai Buddha Foundry. There are casted bronze Buddha images at the foundry. Visitors have the occasion to walk around the foundry and watch the production. It is surely a great attraction.

Park in Phitsnulok, photo by Stefanie Weijsters/Flickr

Festivals and events

There are also several events and festivals held in the historic city. Dragon Boat Races, Suan Chom Nan Park Festival and Phra Buddha Chinnarat Fair are very popular not only among local people, but among tourists, too. The event called Dragon Boat Races is held in every October, on the Nan River. Every crew includes 30 oarsmen who row in the dragon boats. The Suan Chom Nan Park Festival is also held along the river, twice a year. Every January another great festival is held at Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat, the Phra Buddha Chinnarat Fair.

Phra Buddha Chinnarat,


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