As the main temple of Chainat since Ayuttha-ya period, Wat Thammamun Worawihan is located on the Thammamun hill slope, on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, Tambon Tham-mamun, which is about 8 kilometres from Amphoe Mueang Chai Nat. It is situated along Highway No.1 at Km.288-289 and is entered via Thunmanukun School. The temple enshrines Luangpho Thammachak, a standing Buddha image in a posture of persuading relatives not to quarrel, with a lotus-shaped base.
The Buddha image is a mixture of the late Chiang Saen period to early Sukhothai and Ayutthaya styles. At the centre of Luangpho Thammachak’s right palm features Dharmachakra or Wheel of Doctrine. It is believed that the sculptor at that time intended to create a Buddha image with lak-khana Mahapurisa (The 32 marks of the Great Man, according to the Indian belief, such as wheel marks on the soles, netlike lines on the palms and soles, conch-like ankles, a chin like a lion’s, etc).
Another attraction is the boundary marker, which is made from red sandstone in the Ayutthayan style, around the ordination hall or Phra Ubosot. Two fairs to worship the image are held twice a year during the 4th – 8th day of the waxing moon of the sixth lunar month and 4th-8th day of the waning moon of the eleventh lunar month.
Wat Thammamun Worawihan
Location: Thammamun, Mueang Chai Nat District, Chai Nat 17000 Thailand