A Part of Your Journey Along The River Kwai.
Phra pathom Chedi is a large compound that contains the largest Stupa in Southeast Asia, in fact it is the second largest in the world measuring in with it’s highest peak at 120m meters. Here you will find the Wat Phra Panthom Chedi; a large temple consisting of both the stupa zone and the monastic zone, the mediatation hall, the ordination hall and also the northern, eastern, southern and western Vihara’s.
The Stupa stands central within the compound is construction is dated back all the way to the 4th century.
The Meditation, Hall which is located right across from the entrance, has been renovated and transformed in a museum for the temple.
The Ordination Hall is a single story concrete building with traditional Thai glazing and holds many images of Buddha.
The Northern Vihara was built in 1861 and over time has been come the entrance to the compound. It boats 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 storey concrete house with two rooms; one full of colourful murals depictimg the restoration and the second wiuth the principal image of Buddha of Eastern vihara.
The Sourthern 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 Buddha of Southern Vihara and his five disciples.
The Western Vihara is a single story building that contains the almost 8meter high reclining Buddha. There is also a lower terrace that has many sacred trees that relate to the story of Buddha as well as two Chinese stone dolls.