Wat Phra That Beng Sakat
Wat Phra That Beng Sakat is located at Ban Kam, Moo 5, Tambol Pua, Amphoe Pua, Nan province. The location of the temple is believed to be the area of the ancient town called Pua or Wora Nakorn where Phaya Phu Kha had town established for his adopted son, Chao Khun Fong, to govern. Wat Phra That Beng Sakat is constructed in the style of Thai Lue architecture even though it has undergone renovation for many times.Presented in Lanna architecture style, the bell-shaped and squared-based pagoda with indented corners pagoda was constructed due to the order of Phaya Phu Kha before the construction of vihara. The pagoda and the vihara were completed in 1283. The distinctive features of the temple include its sloping and low roof, the base of the vihara carved in the image of lotuses, the small and narrow windows. In front of the vihara are a terrace and a staircase. The gate leading to the vihara is a large and tall one, carving in the mixture of the old and new style of art. Inside the vihara stand two rows of cement pillars.The Buddha relics are enshrined inside the pagoda, so the temple is considered as the heart of the faith in the community and the local Nan architecture. Surrounded by forest, the temple is situated on the hill, which gives the spectacular view if looking downward to the village, especially during the rainy season where all the rice fields are green. Behind the temple also lies a mountain. Thus, the location of the temple is what makes the temple outstanding.The meaning behind the name of Beng Sakat is that there was an unexplainable creature living under the well. Whenever someone put a stick into the well, the stick appeared to be bitten into pieces and there was a light coming out of the well. (Sakat means to cut or to extract.)Visitors can reach Wat Phra That Beng Sakat via Highway No. 1256. Enter from opposite of Wora Nakorn School and go ahead for 200 meters before turning left and continuing for more 200 meters. There you will find it. The temple opens everyday from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. For any information and any inquiry, please contact +66 5452 1118 during office hours.