A Part of Your Journey Along The River Kwai.
Phra Pathom Chedi is a large compound that contains the largest Stupa in Southeast Asia. It is the second-largest in the world, measuring 120 meters at its highest peak. Here you will find the Wat Phra Pathom Chedi. The large temple consists of both the stupa zone and the monastic zone. You’ll therefore also find an ordination hall, as well as the northern, eastern, southern, and western Viharas in the complex.
First, you will see the Stupa standing in the center of the compound. Its construction dating way back to the 4th century. Then, you will come upon the Meditation Hall renovated and transformed into a museum and located right across the entrance. And, also standing there, a single story building with traditional Thai glazing, that holds many Buddha images, the Ordination Hall.
The Northern Vihara was built in 1861 and over time has become the entrance to the compound. It boasts two grand staircases and a T-shaped Vihara.
The Eastern Vihara used to be the main entrance to the compound until replaced by the Northern Vihara. It is a single story concrete house with two rooms: one full of colorful murals depicting the restoration, and the second with the principal image of the Eastern Vihara Buddha.
The Southern Vihara is a single story building, again with with two rooms: the first dons an image of Buddha with Mucalinda, and the second holds the principle image of the Southern Vihara Buddha and his five disciples.
The Western Vihara is a single story building that contains the almost eight meters high reclining Buddha. There is also a lower terrace that has many sacred trees which relate to the story of Buddha, as well as two Chinese stone dolls.