Wat Phra Phutthabat

Wat Phra Phutthabat (Wat Phra Phutthabat) - magnificent temple, which is located 24 km north-west of Zaraburi. It is a pearl of Thai architecture and one of the most revered shrines in the country. The temple got its name from the footprint of the Buddha kept here.


History and legend are mixed in the local chronicle. In 1615, King Ayutthaya Songgham (1610-1628) sent Thai monks to Ceylon to bow to the Buddha's footprint. However, the Sinhalese monks told them that in the Kingdom of Siam there is one of the five "true" traces of the Enlightened One. Indeed, a hunter soon discovered this place: a wounded deer led him to a depression filled with water, which had the shape of a foot. Hunter I drank water from the depression and was instantly cured of a skin disease that he had suffered for many years. This miracle was reported to the king, who ordered to build a temple on this site. However, in 1765, the Burmese, shortly before the attack on Ayutthaya, destroyed the sanctuary. Later, in 1800, King Rama I built buildings on several hills.


Home to the legendary footprint, Mondhope is a blue and gold building covered in rich décor. Three flights of high stairs, the railings of which are formed by a winding five-headed nude, lead to a terrace surrounded by a white balustrade. Twenty slender columns support an intricately decorated, multicolored glass mosaic roof in the shape of a pyramid, which merges into a ring-covered spire with a graceful umbrella at the end. On the terrace there are many bronze bells - the offerings of the pilgrims. The doors are adorned with magnificent mother-of-pearl inlays, and the floor is covered with a donated footprint and is covered with a mat of silver threads. The ornate coffered ceiling also deserves attention.

The temple complex on the slope also includes a vihan turned into a museum (sacrificial gifts and the remains of an ancient temple), a small bot, a Chinese temple, a Hindu temple and several chedis. The mountain offers a beautiful view of the roofs of the temples and the spiers of the chedi.

And at the foot of the temple life is in full swing, merchants sell wooden walking sticks with religious symbols (designed to strike bells), as well as amulets, religious utensils, food and drinks.

Feast of the pilgrims

Twice a year, many pilgrims gather at Wat Phra Phutthabat. One of the holidays, accompanied by a fair, is celebrated in January, the date of the other moves from year to year between March and October.