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    Chedi Doi - Thung Siliam, Sukhothai

    You can see an old fashioned brick Chedi on a nearby hill from my wife's cousin's house near Thung Siliam in Sukhothai. I've always wanted to take a closer look at it but, although it looks quite close, I've never been able to find my way up to it.

    Of course, it doesn't help that the locals have a hard time understanding the concept of taking a walk for pleasure and often 'rescue' the lost Farang and take me back home if I wander too far!

    Anyway, we were up there during Songkran and my wife had a friend drive us up to the local fire station and we were able to walk the rest of the way up to this Chedi. Here's a picture of Thai's walking:



    Here's the view from the top of the hill, near the Chedi:



    Sorry for the quality of the pics, I forgot to bring my camera and took these with my phone.

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    When we arrived at the top of the hill, this is what we saw:



    The building was surrounded by statues:
    Here's Buddha chatting with a monkey and an elephant.


    A chinese looking fellow next to the water tank:


    Not all of the statues were painted. The smallest, unpainted ones are a bit smaller than man-sized:







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    OK, so much for the statues, here's the actual Chedi:








    Naturally, I had to poke around inside and take a picture looking up. As you can see, it isn't really finished.

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    I saw a couple of dates on statue bases: 2532 & 2534 (1989 & 1991) which seemed about right for when construction was started according to the memories of a couple of locals. It was mostly finished within about 10 years and the finishing touches have been slowing going on since then. As it's a 5 or 10 minute walk up a steep dirt road it will probably never be popular unless the road is 'improved'. I like the rather rough brick finish, but I suspect that it will be plastered over in a few more years.

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