A golden reclining Buddha at Phra Pathom Chedi in Thailand.

The Phra Pathom Chedi in Thailand.

The Chedi is located in the Thai town of Nakhonpathom which is located beside the Phetkasem highway (route 4) - around 67km to the west of Bangkok. The chedi is well worth a stop off if travelling from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi - looking round it probably needs around an hour. There is a large parking area beside the chedi where you can buy drinks, snacks and gifts - also there is meant to be an entry fee to the chedi of 60 Baht for foreigners.
Nakhonpathom was originally an important part of the Dvarvati Kingdom and the original stupa was built to commemorate the first Buddhist missionaries who came to Thailand from India. In the 11th century to structure fell into decay and became lost to the jungle - however in the 19th century King Mongkut had the original shrine encased in the present chedi. King Chulalongkorn subsequnetly added the spire - at 120 metres this is probably the tallest Buddhist monument in the world.
Phra Pathom Chedi at Nakhonpathom, Thailand. Phra Pathom Chedi entrance steps. Phra Pathom Chedi is the highest in the world. Temple guardians at Phra Pathom Chedi.
Khmer Prang replica - Phra Pathom in central Thailand. wall painting of the original Khmer Prang, Thailand. Temple Outer Promenade - Phra Pathom Temple. Inner cloister at Phra Pathom Chedi in Thailand.
Phra Pathom guards. A walkway circles the Phra Pathom Chedi in Thailand. Phra Ruang Rojanarit - Nakhonpathom, Thailand. Buddha sat on a snake at Phra Pathom Chedi in Thailand.
Phra Pathom temple building - Thailand. Phra Pathom Chedi small reclining Buddha image. Amoghasiddhi Buddha image at Phra Pathom Chedi. Beautiful gold carvings at Phra Pathom Chedi.
Phra Pathom reclining Buddha. A niche containing a Phra Pathom Buddha. Phra Pathom painting. Phra Pathom paintings.
Phra Pathom Golden Buddha. Phra Pathom Reclining Buddha's head - Thailand. The large reclining Buddha at Phra Pathom - Thailand. Outer area at Phra Pathom Temple in Thailand.
The chedi is unusual in that it has an outer promenade and an inner cloister - walking clockwise round you can go between the two areas via ornate doors. The promenade is dotted with trees along with shrines and most of these have a religious significance. The niches contain beautiful golden Buddha statues who are shown in various poses - there are also so splendid temple guardians either side of the entrances. From the north staircase there is an 8 metre high Sukothai style Buddha image which is known as the Phra Ruang Rojanarit. Other Buddha statues include a huge reclining Buddha (9 metres long) and several other much small and delicate reclining Buddha gold statues.
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