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Around Bangkok Sights

Phra Pathom Chedi

  • Khwa T. Praphrathom Chedi Rd.
  • Nakhon Pathom
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 03/28/2013

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The tallest Buddhist monument in the world, Phra Pathom Chedi tops out at 417 feet, just higher—but less ornate—than the chedi at Shwe Dagon in Myanmar. Erected in the 6th century, the site's first chedi was destroyed in a Burmese attack in 1057. Surrounding the chedi is one of Thailand's most important temples, which contains the ashes of King Rama VI.

The terraces around the temple complex are full of fascinating statuary, including Chinese figures, a large reclining Buddha, and an unusual Buddha seated in a chair. By walking around the inner circle surrounding the chedi, you can see novice monks in their classrooms through arched stone doorways. Traditional dances are sometimes performed in front of the temple, and during Loi Krathong (a festival in November that celebrates the end of the rainy season) a fair is set up in the adjacent park.

Sight Information

Address:

Khwa T. Praphrathom Chedi Rd., Nakhon Pathom, 73000, Thailand

Sight Details:

  • B50
  • Daily 5 am–6 pm.

Updated 03/28/2013

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