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Visiting the Old Cities of Sathing Phra Peninsula

Highway 408 from Amphoe Singha Nakhon to Amphoe Ranot follows the coastline and its many beautiful sites, including temples dating from the thriving Siwichai Kingdom in the 7th – 12th centuries.  Many of these temples relate to Luang Pho Thuat, who, according to the legend, miraculously turned salt water into fresh water.  This monk has been greatly revered by many Buddhists in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.   Palm sugar and local handicrafts made from palm materials abound here.  Visitors are welcome to join the many conservation- oriented activities organized by the local conservationists. 

The fortress of old Songkhla at Hua Khao Daeng 
The ancient port flourished in Sultan Sulaiman’s reign (1620-1668).  Mr. Lamar, a French engineer, conceived the Songkhla city plan at Hua Khao Daeng.  Laid out as a rectangle surrounded with 18 gun fortresses, the city was protected against invaders coming from the Gulf of Thailand.


Wat Suwan Khiri 
This archaeological site in Singha Nakhon, the old Songkhla at Laem Son, is patronized by Na Songkhla clan.  The Chinese-styled, 7-storied pagoda in front of the ubosot, constructed by Chao Phraya Phichai Khiri in 1798, has the same shape and size as its contemporary in Wat Machimawat.  The Shrine of Chao Phraya Wichian Khiri : This Chinese pavilion houses the statue of Thuat Hua Khao Daeng, greatly revered locally, especially among fishermen.


Wat Cha Thing Phra 
The temple was probably erected in 999 and later renovated in the reign of King Ekathostarot.  Shaped like a large bell with a narrow neck, Phra Maha That Chedi was built in 999, during the Siwichai era.  The reclining Buddha statue in the wihan supposedly dates back from the Siwichai era.  During annual celebration on the 1st day of the waning moon in May, a competition of local artisits depict the Buddha’s life.  The bell tower dates from King Rama V’s reign.  The stucco around the base depicts Nang Talung, the popular shadow play.  For future details, contact the abbot, Phra Khru Prasat Sin Phrot, at (074) 397126, 455025.


Nok Nam Khu Khut Park 
Hunting and fishing are prohibited in this part of Songkhla Lake.  The park covers around 227,916 rai or 364 sq. km. In Thale Luang.  From January to March, water-fowl migrate from Siberia to the park.  Five blinds have been set up for bird-satching in appropriate places in the park.  The best time to see the birds is in the evening as it is cool and the setting sun creates a beautiful backdrop.  A good pair of binoculars is a must as well as a bird watching manual, a notebook and a comfortable hat.  Guided tours by boat can be reserved at rate of 200 baht per hour for a boat for 5-7 persons.  Details available at (074) 797042.


Wat Di Luang 
This old temple dates from the Ayutthaya period.  It is one of the important sites in Sathing Phra associated with Wat Phakho.  Luang Pho Thuat was ordained as a novice here.


Wat Phakho 

This temple, located on Khao Phiphet Sing, Tambon Chumphon Amphoe Sathing Phra, is also called Wat Phra Ratchapradit-sathan.  It was built in 1514 in the reign of Somdet Phra Rama Thipbodi the Second, and renovated in 1610 in the reign of King Ekathotsarot.  The latter King consecrated 63 temples, from the mouth of Songkhla Lake at the Hua Khao Daeng to Khao Phang Krai, to be under Wat Phakho’s jurisdiction.  Somdet Chao Phakho, the abbot, was assigned to oversee the whole jusrisdiction.  Traditionally the king would present some of the Crown Property to important temples, so as to make merit, to elongate the religion, and to nourish monks and local people.  By this, the central govemment could use Buddhism to hold the community together, to demarcate its cultural boundary and to prevent priate threat.  Some places worth visiting in Wat Phakho include the following : Phra Malik Chedi was raised on an older foundation of the pagoda, along the southern artistic style.  It was destroyed by invaders and renovated in the time of Somdet Phra Ratcha Muni, in the same style as Phra Mahathat in Nakhon Si Thammarat province.  The Buddha’s Footprint on the summit of Wat Phakho houses Somdet Chao Phakho’s statue.  It is one of 5 traces of Buuddha, according to Sri Lankan legend.  The monument to Somdet Chao Ratcha Muni Sami Ram (Phakho) is a life-size statue of the venerable monk.  Phra Phutthasaiyat was created by a local artist and enshrined in wihan, north of the Si Rattana Mahathat Chedi.  Phra Song Khrueng Thuat is the highly-dressed Buddha statue in posture of carrying an alms bowl.  At the end of Buddhist Lent, people parade this statue on a boat to the Pho (Bodhi) pavilion, about 1 Kilometer from the temple.







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Wat Si Yang 
The temple in Siwichai period, located in Ranot, was called Wat Si Kuyang or Wat Phra Khru Rong Phakho during the Ayutthaya period.  Somdet Chao Phakho studied the Jataka here before being ordained at Wat Di Luang.  Sites of archaeological and historical interest include: The base of pagoda was constructed with earthen bricks and coral, bound together with wood resin rather than cement.  This was a typically Siwichai technique.  Ubosor this hall is made of brick and stucco on a high base.  A stairway leads to a single doorway.  The 2 windows on each side of the door are decorated with decorative stucco patterns.  The front gable has stucco reliefs depicting a flowering plant.  The gable peak is shaped like the head of a grate serpent.  The Buddha statue in the posture of subduing mara, is enshrined in the ubosot.  Born the angel holding a bunch of flowering rice, is said to have been dug up during the construction of Wat Si Yang school.


Wat Chedi Ngam 
This Siwichai temple is in Ranot about 3 kilometers north of Wat Si Yang, was under the jurisdiction of Wat Phakho during Ayutthaya period.  The subordinate pagodas around the large one refer to Nirvana.  The 8 bell-shaped pagoda made of brick and coral represent the eightfold path to Nirvana, while 4 pagodas on high base in four direction represent the 4 Noble Truths.


Cultural Tour with the Sathing Phra Sang San group. 

This group formed in 1997, includes local people from many walks of life who share the same ideas of strengthening the community.  The group has carried out activities for children, and coordinated with groups of housewives in making Tanot palm sugar. 

It now joins hands with local academics and community networks, such as the Rak Khu Khut group, to organize cultural trips in Sathing Phra.  The trip includes visits to ancient temples, witnessing palm climbing and palm sugar making, and sailing in Nok Nam Khu Khut Park.

Site Map: Songkhla

::: Introduction

::: Hotel Reservation:

  ::: Hat Yai

::: Attractions:

::: City of Art & Culture
::: Culture along Lake
::: Old Cities
::: Fishing at River
::: Gateway to Malaysia
::: Natural Sites

::: How to get there

::: Map

::: Festival

::: Tour Program

::: Local Cuisine

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