Phra That Phanom
Phra That Phanom, its related historic buildings and associated landscape is part of the Tentative list of Thailand in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Phra That Phanom is regarded as the most ancient stupa containing Buddha's relics in the northeast of Thailand. It is believed to have been built to enshrine the Buddha's breastbone relics, a mere 8 years after Buddha's Nirvana, although archaeological findings date the earliest structure on the site to around the 7th or 8th century CE. The stupa is a centre of spiritual inspiration for the promotion of harmony and peace among the people in the region, and the site of annual festivals.
Map of Phra That PhanomLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
Oh my, I dislike religious-based sites so much. So when my friend from Udon Thani wanted to drive here a couple of years ago I only agreed if we stopped at the mushroom-shaped rocks at Phu Phan NP on the way. The drive to Nakhon Phanom takes 3 hours for me, 2 1/2 for her on the way back.
At first sight the stupa looks like any other in Thailand. On second sight, it still does. On third, after checking the document now, it's actually rebuilt and looks less interesting. So according to their description this was the first to have this kind of architecture and it inspired the rest of the region - fair enough. That might be something to impact not only Thailand but also Laos across the Mekong.
As for the other criteria is is trying to inscribe, literature and all that, I am not familiar with it. It sounds important for Buddhists so I don't want to talk bad about it.
I'm going to cut this short now and just say you can save yourself some time not to visit here if you have already seen many stupas around SE Asia. If you are religious then you maybe have a better reason to visit. If you leave early you can pack both this place and the NP into one day and it's kind of entertaining.
2017 Added to Tentative List
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