Wat Phra Borommathat

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Wat Phra Borommathat, Ban Tak, Tak Province

Year of the Horse: If you were born during this year, then your pilgrimage site should be the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Burma. However, for Thai people, there is a replica, though a somewhat smaller version, at Wat Phra Borommathat in Tak. According to legend, the Lord Buddha once visited Tak and gave a strand of his hair to his followers there. The hair is now enshrined at the temple. The Shan style stupa is 23 metres high and was built over a much older shrine. It is surrounded by 16 smaller stupas which are 7.16 metres high.  In addition, there are 12 big and 6 small mondops (the square right building to the right of the picture) which each contain an image of the Buddha. This temple is really beautiful and hopefully one day I can go and see the original Shwedagon Pagoda in Burma.

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