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  Wat Phra That Choeng Chum
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Wat Phra That Choeng Chum is located at Charoen Muang road, Muang district, Sakon Nakhon province in Wat Phra that Choeng Chum Worawiharn. Phra That Choeng Chum is faced Nhong Harn which is located at the east. Phra That is made of brick mixed with mortar. The base is triangle with 24 meters high. The upper part is square-lotus shape without any pattern. The golden peak above Phra That Choeng Chun is made with 247 baht weight (1 baht equals to 1.25 grams) of pure gold. There are four sides. The entrance arch is of a castle Peak shape. The inside area is quite dark since it is made of laterite and red sandstone. There are Khom style fake arches at the north, south and west. 

The only entrance is at the east. It was built to cover the four Buddhas’ footprints which as Phra Kaku Santha, Phra Konakhom, Phra Kassapa and Phra Kodom or the Buddha who the Buddhists pay respect nowadays. At first, Phra that Choeng Chum was the sandstone castle. At the entrance arch of the tunnel entrance on the right-handed side, there was an ancient Khmer Phra That Choeng Chum stone inscription which was around BE 16. The present Phra That is Lan chang style. Since the influence from Lan Chang kingdom has come into Thailand’s northeastern region around BE 19, 

Phra That was then reconstructed. There is no clear evident when Phra That was made, but it is considered as the sacred place of Sakon Nakhon since the past. Inside the viharn hall near Phra That Choeng Chum, it is where Luang Poh is enshrined. Luang Poh is considered as a sacred, respectful and the center of Buddhists in Sakon Nakhon province. 

On every Buddhist’s day, people will pay their respect Phra That and Luang Poh Ong Saen. The yearly Phra That Choeng Chum is held on the full moon day on 9th – 15th month according to the lunar system. 

Inside the viharn hall is where Luang Poh Ong Saen is enshrined. Luang Poh is the Marn Vichai Buddha’s Image which is Chieng Saen art style and considered as the Buddha’s Image of Sakon Nakhon.

In 1827, the old Ubosot hall or the old Sim was renovated. The hall was Sim style hall. The structure was wooden with brick and mortar while the roof is traditional wooden tiles. It faced the south when Phra Thani became the ruler. Inside the hall are the vine paintings. The pediment has stucco painting as the gods and the goddesses, the zodiac, the dragon and the vine. Inside are where many enshrining Buddha Image made of both wood and mortar.

There is a holy well which was dug up at the same time of Phra That Choeng Chum. At first, there was still water since it was the ending spot of the underground tunnel which flowed from Phuphan mountain range through 

the north office center and the heart of Wat Nue. It was called “Phu Nam Sod” or “Phu Nam Lod”. Then it flowed to Sra Pang Thong pond in Somdej Phra Sri Nakarin park, next to the temple. When the water decreased, people built the wall to avoid soil erosion. In the past, people used this water from the well to use in important sacred religious ceremonies.

 


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