Nakhon Pathom Travel Guide :
| Nakhon Pathom, a historical
region of central Thailand, is situated on the banks of Chin River. It is a
small bustling province located 56 kilometers from Bangkok. This city is often
referred as the Oldest City of Thailand and features an ancient landmark called
“Phra Pathom Chedi” that symbolizes the first arrival of Buddhism into
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. More....
Buddhamonthon is a religious site built by joint efforts of the government and people. It was built to commemorate 2500th year of existence of Buddha and Buddhism. Buddhamonthon is located in Nakhon Pathom and can be accessed by Puttha-Monthon IV Road. It is spread over a large area surrounded by beautiful landscape. Visitors who come here get to see many interesting structures.
The first thing that you will see on entering Buddhamonthon is 15.8 meters tall Buddha image made from bronze gold. This is the central point of the area. Around this tall image of Buddha are four commemorative sites that pay homage and honor different stages in Lord Buddha’s life starting from His birth, enlightenment, preaching of first sermon and finally achieving Nirvana. Besides these, you can also visit a Buddhist museum, meditation halls and a hall that has a marble Pali canon. More...