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Sanam Chandra Palace

Nakhon Pathom Travel Guide: Sanam Chandra Palace
     If you are going to Nakhon Pathom province, there is no doubt that you will visit the world’s largest pagoda, Phra Pathom Chedi. Just two kilometers west of this pagoda is Sanam Chandra Palace, which was constructed under the orders of King Rama VI in 1907 when he was known as Crown Prince Vajiravudh.More....


Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo :

Nakhon Pathom Travel Guide: Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo
    The Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo is located on kilometer 31 of Phetkasem Highway that links Bangkok and Nakhon Pathom. The place has a crocodile farm, an orchid nursery and conducts daily elephant shows and crocodile wrestling shows. It is believed that the elephant show conducted here is one of the best in Thailand. More....



Nakhon Pathom Travel Guide:

Phra Pathom Chedi 

       With a height of 127 meters, Phra Pathom Chedi is the highest stupa in the world. It is located in the town of Nakhon Patham of Thailand. The name of the stupa means Holy Stupa of the Beginning. The location of the stupa is mentioned in scriptures from 675. However, archaeological data puts the stupa to be from the 4th century.


        In the 11th century, a prang was built over the original one in Khmer style architecture. However, in due course the temple was overgrown with jungle. This did not stop King Mongkut from visiting the temple ruin when he was a monk. Once the coronation took place, King Mongkut ordered a new temple to be built. The construction of the new temple took 17 years and it was completed in 1870. On completion of the temple, the people from the nearby town of Nakhon Chai Si were ordered to go and created a new town around the temple.

        When you are coming towards Nakhon Pathom city, the first glimpse of the temple is awe-inspiring. Not only does it have the biggest pagoda in the world, it is also one of the holier Buddhist shrines. The original pagoda was constructed in an upside down bowl shape design over 2,000 years ago. If you want to see a replica of the original pagoda, all you have to do is look south of the present one. The height of the pagoda is 120.45 meters with a width of 234.75 meters around the base.

        In the outer courtyard of the temple are four wiharns pointing to the four points of the compass. Each wiharn has images of Buddha in different postures.

        In 2005, the Thai government submitted Phra Pathom Chedi’s name to UNESCO as a future world heritage site.

Nakhon Pathom Travel Guide: Phra Pathom Chedi





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