Wat Phra Boromathat Chaiya is the name of a temple with ancient chedi found in the ancient city of Chaiya, 35.8 km kilometres by road North of Surat Thani City. The chedi itself is an iconic building that is on the seal of the province. It has come to represent Surat Thani and is one of the national treasures of the area.
Information for Visitors to Wat Phra Boromathat Chaiya
- Entrance Fee: Foreigners 100 THB
- Opening Hours: 09.00 to 16.00 every day
The Chedi at Wat Phra Boromathat Chaiya
The chedi is believed to have been built 1,200 years ago. It marks the high mark of the Srivijaya Kingdom that had its capital at Chaiya. The Kingdom lasted from the 5th to the 13th Century. A chedi is a building that houses relics of the Lord Buddha. This chedi (as with many others) is decorated with stupas at its corners. A stupa represents the Buddha’s holy mind. Buddhists believe that seeing a stupa can plant the seed of change in a person which will eventually lead to liberation or nirvana.
It is not only the fine architecture and possibility of enlightenment that are of interest at Phra Boromathat Chaiya, it is also the collection of Buddhist sculptures and images located in the courtyard of the chedi. Phra Boromathat Chaiya has 3 tiers. It was built along the principles of Mahayana Buddhism. It is also believed to be the best preserved example of Srivijaya architecture in the country. It is one of the 3 most revered buildings in the south of Thailand.
Chaiya National Museum
At the same site as the famous chedi there is a museum. This houses an important collection of artefacts covering the different periods of Thai history including Dvaravati, Srivijaya, Lop Buri, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya eras. You can find representative statues, bronze works, puppets and crafts. The museum explains how Chaiya City was an important stop over point on the journey between India and South East Asia. Indeed the Indian influence is clearly evident in such things as the Vishnu images and certain architectural details.
Entry to the museum is 10 Thai Baht for Thais and 30 Thai Baht for foreigners. A visit to Phra Boromathat Chaiya can easily be combined with a look at the museum. A day trip out to Chaiya gives welcome escape to those tired of Surat Thani City and gives an insight into the history of the area.
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Location of Wat Phra Boromathat Chaiya
- Address: Khao Than, Chaiya District, Surat Thani 84150