Uttradit has a long history developing through the years since pre-historic times. The site of the original town, then called Bang Pho Tha It, was on the right bank of the Nan River. It flourished as a port for goods transportation. As a result, King Rama V elevated its status to a province and re-named it Uttradit, literally the "port of the north".
The provincial seal shows the mondop at the temple Wat Phra Thaen Sila At, in Baan Phra Thaen in the Laplae district. The main item of worship in the temple is a laterite block, which is believed to have been used by Buddha to seek enlightenment. The mondhop is built upon this block.
Wat Phra Thaen Sila At (วัดพระแท่นศิลาอาสน์) situated at Ban Phra Thaen, Tambon Thung Yang, just a little further from Wat Phra Yuen is Wat Phra Thaen Sila At. The base is decorated with a pattern of lotus petals. It is believed to have been made during the Sukhothai period by an unknown person according to the legend that Bodhisattva, the previous lives of the Lord Buddha, attained the state of precepts hereThe intricately crafted teak door panels of this temple previously belonged to the wihan of Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat in Phitsanulok province, where Phra Phuttha Chinnarat is enshrined.
There are beds of flowers and a herbal garden in front. Downstairs displays ancient tools for catching marine animals and paddleboats. While, upstairs displays the traditional lifestyle of palace dwellers and the locals, basketry, blacksmith tools, construction tools, traditional herbal medicine blending appliances, Sangkhalok ceramics from the Sukhothai period, royal preaching pulpit, ancient pulpit of the Ayutthaya artisan, Buddha image crafted out of an old bodhi tree, Buddha images of the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya styles, as well as, the arts and cultures of the northern locals. Open daily between 8.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. Admission is free of charge.
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