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Wat Chedi Sao

Located about 6km north of town, via Th Pamaikhet, this temple is named for the sow (northern Thai for 20) whitewashed Lanna-style chedi on its grounds. But the wát’s real treasure is a solid-gold, 15th-century seated Buddha on display in a glassed-in pavilion, built over a square pond. The image is said to contain a piece of the Buddha’s skull in its head and an ancient Pali-inscribed golden palm leaf in its chest; precious stones decorate the image’s hairline and robe. A farmer reportedly found the figure next to the ruins of nearby Wat Khu Kao in 1983. Monks stationed at Wat Chedi Sao make and sell herbal medicines; the popular yah mòrng is similar to tiger balm.

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