Friday, May 11, 2007

Wat Phra Pathom Chedi : Nakhon Pathom


Phra Pathom Chedi is the oldest Buddhist monument in Thailand. It is located in a region where Buddhism was first introduced here by Sona Thera and Uttra Thera in the fourth Buddhist century. The present shape of Phra Pathom Chedi differs from the original one which was that of an overturned bowl in the Indian stupa style.

Situated in Tambon Phra Pathom Chedi, Amphoe Muang, It is a towering tribute to Buddhism, a place worthy of being worshipped of Nakhon Phathom. Chedi which, 235.50 metres high, is te biggest Chedi in Thailand, and is also the tallest of Buddhist mounments in the world. The Chedi's upper terrace is surrounded by the bell towers which are spaced at intervals.

It is generally believed that anyone who strikes all of the bells can consign merit to the guarding Gods or Angels. Phra Pathom Chedi has become a center of study and research of historical archaeology since it is the national museum of Phra Pathom Chedi and the collecting place for anient artifacts in abundance such as Phra Ruang Rochanarit, pacifying the relatives posture, is one of the finest bronze image ever buit in Sukhothai style; Buddha Images in "Parlay-lai", in "Pang Sila kao" and in any other postures.

source:http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Shores/7648

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1 comment:

Thai News said...

It's a beautiful place!