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Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan. Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand 2009
‘Nakhon Si Thammarat Municipality (Thai: เทศบาลนครนครศรีธรรมราช, pronounced [ná(ʔ).kʰɔ̄ːn sǐː tʰām.má.râːt]; from Pali Nagara Sri Dhammaraja) is a municipality (thesaban nakhon) in Southern Thailand, capital of the Nakhon Si Thammarat Province and the Nakhon Si Thammarat District. It is about 610 km (380 mi) south of Bangkok, on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula. The city was the administrative center of southern Thailand during most of its history. Originally a coastal city, silting moved the coastline away from the city. The city has a much larger north to south extension than west to east, which dates back to its original location on a flood-save dune. The modern city centre on the train station is north of Old Town. As of 2019, the city had a population of 102,152.
Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan (Thai วัดพระมหาธาตุวรมหาวิหาร จังหวัดนครศรีธรรมราช) is the most important temple of Nakhon Si Thammarat and southern Thailand. It was constructed at the time of the founding of the town, and contains a tooth relic of Buddha. The 78 m high chedi is surrounded by 173 smaller ones. While the chedi is now in Sri Lankan style, it is said to be built on top of an earlier Srivijaya style chedi. The chedi was renovated in early 2009 and now appears like new.’ Bron: Wikipedia.