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The name of the province comes from Pali-Sanskrit name Nagara Sri Dhammaraja that translates as the City of the sacred King of Dharma in English. This name was transformed in Thai into Nakhon Si Thammarat. Thai people often call their province Nakon.
The main treasure of the province is the Temple of Phra Mahathat.
Wat Phra Mahathat
Wat Phra Mahathat Temple is one of the most important and oldest temples in Thailand, as well as one of the 6 first class Royal temples. Chedi or stupa that takes the central place of the temple is 78 m high, surrounded by 173 small stupas. The main stupa is believed to contain a tooth relic of Buddha.
The base of the stupa is surrounded by a gallery with many Buddha statues. You can get to the main stupa through the building of Viharn Phra Nang Ma. The image of the stupa is a symbol of the Nakhon Si Thammarat province and is depicted on the 25 satang coin.