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Contact: located in Wat That Renu,Renu Nakhon District Tel. (042) 579021

Renu Nakhon Stupa was placed in Phrathat Renu Temple at Renu Nakhon District. The stupa was modeled after the old Phanom Stupa with smaller size. It was built in 1918 by Phra Upacha Inpoomyo. Thirty-five meters tall, eight meters and thirty-seven centimeters wide, Renu Nakhon Stupa has four arched entrances, one on each side of the stupa. 

The construction was complete in 1919 and the stupa became a locally respectable statue of Renu Nakhon. It was modeled after the older Phanom Stupa, which collapsed in 1975, but is smaller, thirty-five meters tall and eight meters thirty-seven centimeters wide. The stupa houses Buddhist scriptures, gold Buddha statues, silver Buddha statues, jewels, elephant ivory, and precious objects donated by rulers and people of Renu Nakhon. Relics of Buddha and Buddhist saints, who were called Arahats, were also put in the stupa to be enshrined on 15 March 1976. An annual festival to salute Renu Nakhon Stupa is held from the 11th day to the 15th day of the fourth waxing moon based on lunar calendar, lasting 5 days and 5 nights in total. 

Items used in worshipping the stupa, which are popped rice, Thai scent, roasted sticky rice, yellow flowers, fifteen joss sticks, and two white candles, can be purchased in a pavilion nearby, where sacred objects are sold as well. It is believed that those who worship the stupa will obtain moonlight-like radiant complexion as a reward for their virtue. 

In the ubosot of the temple, a Buddhist ordination hall, stands Phra Saen, a gold Laotian-style Buddha statue in the posture of meditation. Placed in the ubosot of Phrathat Renu Temple, Phra Saen is a local Buddha statue of the district and is highly revered. The Buddha statue is solidly made of brass. Its lap is 50 centimeters in height and length. Built before the stupa in 1917, Phra Saen is locally respectable. Gold leaves used in molding the statue were sponsored by villagers all around Renu Nakhon. The first molding didn't succeed because the material wouldn't adhere to the mold. The molding had to take place somewhere else so that it was accomplished and then was moved to be displayed at the old ubosot of Klang Temple or Phrathat Renu Temple. Later, when the construction of the new ubosot was finished, the Buddha statue was placed there. Phra Saen is now more than one hundred years old.

The Buddha statue is called Phra Saen, which means a hundred thousand, because it weighs 10 mhuen. In Thai, mhuen means ten thousand. So, the weight of the Buddha is a hundred thousand or saen. According to local measurement, 1 mhuen is 12 kilograms. Therefore, the weight of Phra Saen is equal to 120 kilograms. 

Renu District used to be Renu Nakhon, whose inhabitants are called Phoo Thai. Nowadays, its culture is preserved by the local. Traditions such as bai-sri-soo-kwan or Thai blessing ceremony, palaeng dining, drinking ouh, a local alcoholic beverage, and Phoo Thai traditional dancing are still done and are offered to outsiders. Furthermore, there are many local shops which offer tourists and people from nearby provinces a wide range of local goods and souvenirs. These shops can be found especially around Phrathat Renu Nakhon Temple and Renu Nakhon District Market.


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