Prachinburi located some 134
kilometers from Bangkok. It occupies an area of 11,957.5 square
kilometers and is administratively divided into seven Amphoes:
Muang Ban Sang, Kabin Buri, Na Di, Prachantakham, Si Maha Phot
and Si Mahosot.
Prcahin Buri National Museum This museum, lacated 200 meters
southeast of the City Hall, puts on display the artifacts discovered
within Prachin Buri Province and its nearby area. Also exhibited
are ancient sculptures of very style and period with an aim to
edicate the visitors on Thai art history. Underwater archaeology
in the Gulf of Thailand as well as artifacts found off the coast
of Amphoe Sattahip, Chon Buri Province are also on exhibition.
Wat Kaeo Phichit This very old important monastery
having an unknown date of construction is located on the bank
of Bank Pakong River in the vicinity of the township. The unusual
characteristic of this monastery is the combination between the
Greek and Thai arts, and the mural paintings inside the Ubosot
are very beautiful.
King Naresuan The Great Shrine This shrine at the intersection
where the road leads to Prachin Buri township area, near Chakkrapongse
Camp, houses a standing stature of King Naresuan. The background
relating to the construction of the shrine is that King Naresuan
once led his army through the Prachin Buri area to Lawaek Town
and slaughtered the ruler, Nak Phrasattha, for the Pathom Kam
Wat Ton Pho Si Maha Pho This is an important monastery
located in the vicinity of Amphoe Si Mahosot, 22 kilometers from
Prachin Buri township. In the compound of this monastery lies
the largest and oldest Bhodi tree in the country. The seedling
stock of this Bhodi tree was brought over from Buddha Gaya, India.
There are various Buddha images of different attitudes enshrined
around the trunk.
Si Mahosot Ancient Town On the right hand of Kh Dated over 1,000 years old,
the town is located kilometer away from Amphoes Si Mahosot along
the Highway No.3070. Remains of the town wall, pond, and architecture
are still to be seen.
A Pair of Lord Buddha's Footprints
at Sa Morakot Sa Morakot is located in Amphoe
Si Mahosot, some 23 kilometers from Prachin Buri on Highway no.319
Lord Buddha's Footprint discovered at Sa Morakot ancient remains
since February 1986 are the largest and oldest footprints ever
found in Thailand. They were carved on the natural lateritic
floor. Each foot is about 1.30 metre wide and 3.50 metre long
and has the Wheel of Dhamma at the middle on of its sole. These
Footprints were dated between 13th to 15th centuries B.E. (or
7th to 8th century A.D.)
Royal Handwriting Monument The monument, in the play ground
of Lai Phrathat School, Amphoe Si Maha Pho, is a stone slab inscribed
with the royal handwriting of King Chulachomaklao who made a
visit in 1908. It is now regarded as an important place of worship
in Prachin Buri.
Nam Tok Khao Ito This fall is 12 kilometers from
the township by way of the road leading to the three-way intersection
at the main highway; after making a right turn, it is two kilometers
to the waterfall. This is a famous natural tourists attraction
of Prachin Buri comprising of a main stream that passes through
rapids at many levels. However, there is water only during the
rainy season and at the beginning of the cool season.
Nam Tok Huai Kasior The branch road that leads to
this fall is located at Ban Khon Khwang, Tambon Dong Khilek,
at Km.166 or 15 kilometers from the Prachin Buri township via
a journey of four kilometers through a branching road. In the
area of this waterfall one can view beautiful mountainous and
Kaeng Salatdai This big rapid in Khlong Prachantakham
is located 30 kilometers from the township. It takes one hour
going by boat to this rapid, locally called by Prachantakham
inhabitants "Takhro Waterfall".
Thap Lan National Park This park is in the vicinity
of Amphoe Na Di on Highway No.304, about 30 kilometers beyond
the Kabin Buri Intersection. It was established as a National
Park on December 23,1981, occupying an approximate area of 2,240
square kilometers or 1,400,000 rai. The plants mostly found are
of the palm family.
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