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  Wat Maha That (Yasothorn)
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Wat Mahathat has been the important temple of the Yasothon since the province was founded. It is located in the middle of Yasothon's municipal area. The glass-made Buddha image, Phra Buddha Busayarat or Phra Kaew Yod Namkhang. The famous attraction of the temple is the glass-made Buddha image, Phra Buddha Busayarat or Phra Kaew Yod Namkhang. The Buddha image was given as a reward to the first governor of Yasothon by King Rama III. 

The important building is Phra That Yasothon or Phra That Anon which is located in front of the main hall. The square-shaped pagoda with the top similar to Phra That Panom's houses the relics of Phra Anon. The architecture is in Laotian-style which was popular in late Ayutthaya or early Rattanakosin periods. History has it that it was built in 1778 by a state minister from Sri Sattanahut (Vientiane). Later on, the citizens moved to settle here under Phra Wor Phra Ta Rao's lead in 544-1776.

The base of Phra That is a square with each side measuring about 81 meters. It was made of bricks and cement-bound. On the top, there are Buddha images on four sides. The architectural style is similar to That Kong Khao Noi. The temple holds the ceremony to commemorate Phra Anon during March every year/.

Ho trai is a library where the temple's palm-leaf manuscripts are kept. It is located on the water, the northeast of the temple. The library is rectangular like other Ho trais in the Northeast region. It houses many precious objects of the temple such as the scripture cabinet, the Dhamma book chest, or the carved wooden door. There is a pavement around the building. Ho trai is believed to be built in the reign of King Rama IV and Rama V of Rattanakosin.


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