Wolfgang

Wolfgang

Posted on 02/08/2011


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Stupa of Phra Maha That, Nakhon Si Thammarat พระบรมธาตุ นครศรีธรรมราช

Stupa of Phra Maha That, Nakhon Si Thammarat  พระบรมธาตุ นครศรีธรรมราช
The monastery is a remarkable architectural reminder of the artistic virtuosity of the southern Thai architects. The original stupa, where the Buddha relics are housed, was built during the reign of King Si Thammasokarat in 555 A.D. when Nakhon Si Thammarat was first established. The structure is obviously influenced by the Singhalese art.
The bell element is an upturned round bowl standing on a rectangular platform and sur round ed by a gallery-in ambulatory called Kamphaeng Kaeo. The space between the wall and the stupa forms a path, normally known as Lan Prataksin, surrounding the relic chedi. At the four corners of the square base stand another four smaller chedi, each housing a Buddha image in its niches. At the top of this chedi is a spherical dew-drop.
The stupa at Muang Boran is smaller than the original one at Nakhon Si Thammarat by one-third.

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