Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Year of Horse: Swedagon Pagoda, Myanmar and Wat Phra Borommathat Stupa, Tak

Those who were born in the year of horse can pay homage to the Phra Borommathat stupa in Tak instead of the Swedagon pagoda in Myanmar. Phra Khru Phitak, a chief monk at the Wat Phra Borommathat temple, built a stupa replicating the Swedagon pagoda over the original Phra Borommathat stupa.

It is believed that when the Buddha visited Tak, he arrived at the Mahiyangka hill where he gave his hair strand to his disciples. He asked them to keep his hair strand at that place after he entered nirvana. This temple is the place where the Buddha’s hair strand has been enshrined. On the 14th night of the waxing moon and the full moon night of the 7th lunar month every year, there is a celebration to pay homage to the Buddha’s relics.

Location - Mu 3, Ban Tha Phra That, Tambon Ko Tapao, Ban Tak district, Tak

Getting there
By Car-From Bangkok, drive along highway 32 to Nakhon Sawan and then highway no.1 to Tak. The distance from Bangkok is about 425 km. From Tak, take highway no. 1107 along the west bank of the Ping River for about 35 km. and turn left to highway no. 1175. Go straight on for another 1 km. before reaching the temple.

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