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  Phra That Ku Chan
Catagorize: Temple, Historical Sites & Monuments
Contact: The middle of Wat Ku Chan lawn in Ban Ngiu, Ku Chan Sub-district, Kham Khuean Kaeo District, Yasothon Province. Tel. -

Phra That Ku Chan is located in Wat Ban Ku Chan. It is an important sacred place where people in Yasothon Province and the other provinces nearby worship. It is a chedi with square bell shape (called Bua Liam), which is similar to Phra That Phanom but is smaller. The lower basement is short and has the shape of inverted and overturned lotuses. It is for supporting the higher smooth square basement which is connected with Bua Liam. It is decorated in an ancient elaborate design. The edged top of Phra That supports the many-tiered umbrella on the very top of Phra That. The evidence shows that it was built according to the common ideology of Phra That construction, which is to enshrine the Buddha’s relics. There is a ceremony of sprinkling water onto the Buddha image each year in order to conserve this good tradition.

The appearance of the architecture: Phra That Ku Chan is 5.10 meters wide and 15 meters tall. It is located in the middle of Wat Ku Chan lawn in Ban Ngiu, Ku Chan Sub-district, Kham Khuean Kaeo District, Yasothon Province. It looks similar to Phra That Phanom. The only difference is their sizes as Phra That Ku Chan is smaller.

Its importance to the community: It is widely respected by people in Yasothon Province and other provinces nearby. Every year, people in Ku Chan District bring perfumes for observing the ceremony of sprinkling water onto the Buddha image during the morning in the middle of the 6th lunar month. There is also a ceremony of sprinkling water onto “Ku” in the afternoon. After that, these people will go to Nong Sa Phang to bring the water in the pond to perform the ceremony of sprinkling water onto Phra That and sema (boundary of a bot). This ceremony is to be observed every year. It is believed that if people do not observe the ceremony, the rainfall will become unseasonal. As a consequence, people in Ku Chan continually conduct the ceremony.

Direction to Phra That Ku Chan: Phra That Ku Chan is 12 kilometers from the district city center along the highway number 23 (Yasothon- Ubon Ratchathani). There is a non-asphalt road separated from Chaeng Sanit Road between Kham Khuean Kaeo District and Ubon Ratchathani Province. There is an intersection northwardly next to Yasothon Animal Nutrition and Development Station. The tourists have to pass Ban Laeng Paen and Ban Khok Kong to enter Ban Ku Chan. The total distance is around 10 kilometers.

 


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