In 1979, a team from the Department of Fine Arts at Silpakorn University discovered some relics of The Lord Buddha in Na Dun district of Maha Sarakham Province. These were found in a three-layered container made of gold, silver, and bronze and encased in a round metal stupa.


In addition to the relics, amulets with religious significance were found in the same area by local farmers. All of these items are now in Khon Kaen Museum. The Thai government decided to set up a Buddhist Park here called Phra That Na Dun on 1,443 sq kms of land.


Around the stupa, or “phathat”, there are religious and cultural museums, a botanical garden and a herbal garden. The grounds are kept in good condition for an attraction that is free. These days, Phra That Na Dun has become an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists.


The Buddhist Park is 65 kms from the city. Take Highway 2040 passing Amphoe Kae Dam and Amphoe Wapi Pathum, and then turn right onto Highway 2045 to Amphoe Na Dun. I have posted a photo album of Phra That Na Dun om my Facebook page: https://t.co/HNR1tQ8KkH


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