Chachoengsao Province Thailand
Chachoengsao also known as “Paet Riu” is located 80km east of Bangkok inThailand’s central region. It is a central province whose history can be traced back to the reign of King Borom Trailokanat (reigning from 1448 to 1488) of the Ayutthaya Period. Chachoengsao is a fruitfull agricultural area fed by the Bang Pakong River and Mango is the most popular fruit cultivated in the province.
Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan, more commonly called Wat Sothon, contains one of Thailand’s most sacred Buddha images, Phra Phuttha Sothon, or Luang Pho Sothon as it is known by the locals. The statue is fairly small, 198 cm high and 165 cm across its lap, and is sitting in the meditation position. Legend has it that three Buddha images floated down the river from Prachinburi, the largest one ended up at Ban Laem in Samut Songkhram Province, the smallest landed at Samut Prakan, but the middle sized statue found its way to Chachoengsao. On seeing the image the townsfolk tried everything to lift it from the river however did not succeed until they built a shrine and paid homage to the image. It has since been preserved within the wat. the ceremony to pay homage to Phra Phuttha Sothon is held three times per year, i.e. 1. during the Chinese New Year (around late January or February) 2. in the 5th Thai lunar month (around April) 3. in the 12th Thai lunar month (around late November).
Somdej Phra Sinagarin Park of Chachoengsao This park is situated in front of the Provincial Government House. Featuring a large pond, a playground and colourful flowers, with 90-rai (36 acres)i t is excellent for recreation.
Wat (temple) Muang (Wat Pitulathiraj Rangsarit) in Na Muang District was build in the reign of King Rama III (1824-1851). Its architectural style is similar to that of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok.
Wat U Phaipha Tikaram (Wat Sampokong) Is one of the three sacred temples housing Sampokong, the famous Chinese-style Buddha images, in Thailand where tourists from China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan come to pay homage to.
Wat Chin Pracha Samoson once visited by King Rama V (reigning 1868-1910) to gave it the present name instead of the old one. This temple housing the 21 Chinese-style Buddha images made from papier mache and were brought from Shanghai in ancient times.
The some hundred years old Ban Mai Market where traditional shophouses are conserved. The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 08.00 o’clock in the morning to evening.
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