Wat Phra Mahathat in Nakhon Si Thammarat

The Temple without Shade

Wat Phra Mahathat, also known as the "Temple without Shade", is the most important and oldest Buddhist site in Nakhon Si Thammarat, but also in all of southern Thailand.

A temple whose origin dates back to the city's creation in the third century and which King Rama VI decreed in 1915 as a royal temple of primary importance.

With its 78-metre high shedi and a relic of the Buddha inside, legend has it that anyone who enters this temple will be granted happiness and prosperity. More than the presence of a Buddha tooth in its enclosure, another almost surrealist fact attracts many enthusiasts from all over Thailand and especially Malaysia every year. Indeed, at the foot of the chedi, no matter what time of day, no matter how sunny, there is never any shade. No scientific or architectural explanation, the facts are there, it is a temple without shade surrounded by 173 little sheds, a peaceful, serene and certainly a little magical place.