Located on Putthabucha Road by the Nan River, Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat (or Wat Yai or Wat Phra Si) is said to have been commissioned by King Lithai in 1357.
The Phra Phuttha Chinnarat Buddha statue, with its unique style, is the second most revered image in the country. With its wooden, flame-like halo, it is also said to be the most beautiful. The Phra Phuttha Chinnarat was cast together with two other famous bronze statues, the Phra Phuttha Chinna Si and the Phra Si Satsada. The bronze left over from these three images was then used to make another Buddha statue known as Phra Leua, which is housed in a small hall in the temple grounds.
The temple has a central Khmer-style stupa, known as Phra Prang Prathan, and there is a large standing Buddha called Phra Attharot in the grounds.
The busy temple is open daily from 6.30am to 6pm. Located on Putthabucha Road, near Naresuan bridge, it is a 20-minute walk or 30-baht samlor ride from the clock tower in the center of town.
Updated: December 16, 2010.