Wat Phra Narai Maharat is a large ancient temple located on Prachak Road in Muang Nakhon Ratchasima District. This district is one of the 32 districts that fall in the Nakhon Ratchasima province and is really close to Korat city and its downtown. Hence make your transfer easy and less time consuming with a car rental from us; we offer the best Korat car hire deals at cheapest prices. Moreover if one is landing at Korat airport, they can easily seek a car rental for pickup at the airport so that one can hit the road shortly after their arrival.
Wat Phra Narai Maharat Highlights
This temple is most famous for the statue of a Hindu God Vishnu-a sculpture which has been recognized as the finest example of the Khmer style of Sculpture and like all other Khmer statues is also made up of sandstone. It has also been named after this revered statue of lord Vishnu for ‘Phra Nai’ which is Thai for ‘Vishnu’. Located within old city walls it sits on a small island covered on all sides by a lake and is accessible from all four sides through bridges.
It is interesting to note that this statue of lord Vishnu, in addition to other statues, was unearthed at nearby Khmer ruins and out of the four statues Phra Nai is considered the most sacred object in the city. Its importance can be estimated by the fact that ‘City Pillar’, a place in which Thai people invest their faiths and beliefs is also housed in the same temple. Another highlight of the Wat is a small shrine dedicated to the most love king of Thailand – King Narai, during whose reign the temple was constructed.
How to Reach Wat Phra Narai Maharat?
The place is really close to the most popular attraction of Korat Downtown- Thao Suranaree Monument plus a visit to the Wat may allow one a peek at one of the big monster lizards which still dwell in the lake. In order to see the statue one must follow the signs marked in red which will lead one to the special Naranya temple; the statue is in its adjoining building.