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Thailands Wats Temples and Mosques As well as the ubiqutous Buddhist temples, this area caters for all places of worship in Thailand. Post your pictures and thoughts of the Wats and chedis, churches, Hindu Temples and mosques of Thailand. Feel free to discuss theological issues and enlighten yourself. Learn what is involved in becoming a Monk in Thailand. Did you go to a Thailand Buddhist retreat to learn to meditate? Or visit the ancient ruins of Sukhothai. Or maybe helped out at the tiger temple in Kanchanaburi. Tell us about it here.

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Old 17-04-2007, 01:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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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