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Saraburi has been an important town since ancient times. It is believed to have been constructed in the year 1548 during the reign of King Maha Chak-kaphat of Ayutthaya as a centre for recruiting troops. The town, as a gateway to the northeastern region, is only 108 kms. from Bangkok. It occupies an area of 3,576.5 square kilometres, and is administratively divided into 13 districts: Muang Saraburi, Kaeng Khoi, Nong Khae, Wihan Daeng, Nong Saeng, Muak Lek, Ban Mo, Phra Phutthabat, Sao Hai, Nong Don, Don Phut, Wang Muang, and Chaloem Phra Kiat.

Saraburi Attractions:

Wat Phra Phutthabat
Lacated in Amphoe Phra Phutthabat 28 kms. north of the town along Highway No.1, it is one of the most beautiful religious sites in Thailand. The temple Houses the footprint of Lord Buddha found on a stone panel near Suwan Banpot Hill. The footprint was found in the reign of King Songtham of Ayutthaya. A cone-shaped structure or mondop was built to cover the footprint. The beautiful mondop, which is a square building, has a seven-level castle roof .Each level is decorated with an arch supported by wood and decorated with gold and coloured glass. The external walls are also decorated with gold and coloured glass in the shapes of mythological gods and rice offering ceremonies. The pearl inlay artwork on the mondop doors is one of the best samples of this type of craftsmanship in the country. A five-headed Naga, mythical serpent, cast in bronze flanks the stairs to the mondop entrance. The mondop is surrounded by bells used by visitors to make merit for other people. A museum in the temple displays many ancient objects including King Songtham's attire, old weapons, Bronzeware and ceramics. Annual fairs celebrating the footprints are held twice a ear, in February and March.

Wat Phra Phutthachai
At Km. 102 or Km. 104 before arriving in the town, there is a 5 km. access road leading to this temple, Which is situated on a hillside. The main attraction is a picture of Lord Buddha appearing on a cliiff wall. A vihara has been built to cover it. The surroundings are very pleasant and shady.

Khao Sam Lan National Park
This is the nearest national park where tourists can take a short journey from Bangkok. It is 4 kms. beyond Wat Phra Phutthachai. The park offers many small waterfalls, some of which can be reached by short hiking trails. The best time to visit the falls is the late rainy season when water is plentiful.

Tham Krabok
This place is known for its treatment provided against narcotics addiction. It is located at Tambon Khun Khlon, Amphoe Phra Phutthabat, 25 kms. north of the town along Highway No.1. More

 

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