Catagorize: Other religious & spiritural sites
Contact: opposite Mae Sot sport stadium, Amphoe Mae Sot, Tak
Shrine of King Taksin the Great is located on Jarodvithi Thong Road near the office of Tourism Authority of Thailand. Formerly, the shrine was at Wat Doi Khao Kaew on the opposite side of Tak city center. Later, in 1947, people in Tak Province thought that the shrine did not match the king’s grace; therefore, they asked the Department of Fine Arts to reconstruct the shrine by building it with four gable ends and casting the statue of King Taksin, in the act of sitting on his royal seat with his sword resting on his lap, in a little bigger size than life-size. On the platform of the statue, there is an inscription saying that “King Taksin of Krung Thonburi was born in 1734 and died in 1782 at the age of 48.” At the front and the flanks of the shrine of King Taksin the Great are decorated with the statues of warhorse. There is also the area for worshipping King Taksin. The shrine of King Taksin the Great is widely respected by the people in general and is the first shrine built in Thailand. Every year between the last day of the year and the first day of the new year, there is a celebration held as a tradition.
This sacred and important place was designed and built beautifully. Behind the shrine is where the statues of animals, such as elephant and horse, are placed. Those who want to pay respect usually offer the statues for worshipping in the area of the shrine of King Taksin the Great. There is also a garden of the twelve Chinese zodiacs in the shrine’s area. Inside the garden, the golden statues of the twelve Chinese zodiacs are shown to decorate the shady path in the garden. The tourists can relax themselves and make merit with the twelve Chinese zodiacs by dropping the coins into the statues. Besides, during daytime, the tourists can also set a bird free for merit.