Every one of Thailand’s 77 provinces has a provincial seal and motto. In Sakon Nakhon’s, the temple known as Wat Phra That Choeng Chum takes center stage. This highly revered temple in downtown Sakon Nakhon city has a majestic white and gold stupa that was built to cover the footprints of the last 4 Buddhas: Kakusandha, Konagamana, Kassapa, and Gautama Buddha.
In the 1941 black and white version of the Sakon Nakhon provincial seal (ตราประจำจังหวัดสกลนคร), you also will see Nong Han Lake, the largest natural lake in Northeastern Thailand, and the Phu Phan Mountains, which were home to many famous Thai monks, including Ajahn Mun, the co-founder of Thailand’s forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism. In the contemporary colored seal, the mountains are only hinted at with some flowing black lines in the background, and the lake is suggested by light blue shading.
The Sakon Nakhon provincial motto is: Home of Phra That Choeng Chum, Phu Phan Palace, Lovely Nong Han Lake, Graceful Wax Castles, and Beautiful Phu Thai Girls in a Land of Faith (พระธาตุเชิงชุมคู่บ้าน พระตำหนักภูพานคู่เมือง งามลือเลื่องหนองหาร แลตระการปราสาทผึ้ง สวยสุดซึ้งสาวภูไท ถิ่นมั่นในพุทธธรรม). Phu Phan Palace refers to the Sakon Nakhon royal residence of the King of Thailand, which is where His Majesty stays when visiting the Northeast of Thailand. The wax castles refer to the famous Wax Castle Festival, which features intricate Buddhist castles made of bees wax.
The beautiful Phu Thai girls mentioned in the Sakon Nakhon provincial motto refer to the young ladies of the Phu Thai tribe, who emigrated to this region over 100 years ago from Laos. The women are known for their beautiful and colorful handwoven attire, as well as their graceful dancing. A large community of Phu Thai families live in the village of Ban Non Hom. Learn more about the tribes and ancestry of Thailand’s Isaan region in our Sakon Nakhon History.
A complete list of Thailand’s provincial mottos can be read at: Thai Provincial Mottos. However, the list is only in the Thai language. If you are learning how to read Thai, check out our review of the Ling language app, which we have rated the best app for learning Thai.