Chedi Phukhao Thong

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West side of Chedi Phukhao Thong, as seen in 2008

Chedi Phukhao Thong Thai: เจดีย์ภูเขาทอง is a 50-metre [1] chedi, or Buddhist tower, in the village of Phukhao Thong near Ayutthaya in central Thailand. Visitors can climb as far a landing halfway up the chedi, from which the surrounding rice fields and the town of Ayutthaya can be seen. In 2014 it was possible for the public to visit the shrine inside the central tower.

History[edit]

In 1569, having taken Ayutthaya, King Bayinnaung of Hongsawadi (now part of Myanmar) built a large chedi in the Mon style, next to the Buddhist temple of Wat Phukhao Thong, to commemorate his victory. Over the next two centuries the chedi fell into disrepair. In a restoration during the reign of King Boromakot (ruled 1733–1758) a new chedi in Thai style, having a square plan with indented corners, was built on the base of the ruin. [2] The adjacent temple, founded by King Ramesuan in 1387, is still in use.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gray P, Ridout L, Thailand: The Rough Guide, 3rd edition, Rough Guides Limited, 1998, ISBN 1-85828-341-8
  2. ^ Information panels in the grounds of Wat Phukhao Thong, written by Thai Fine Arts Department, transcribed 2008

Coordinates: 14°22′09″N 100°32′23″E / 14.369083°N 100.539751°E / 14.369083; 100.539751