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What Wat? Wat Chang Lom (วัดช้างล้อม), Si Satchanalai, Thailand

Wat Chang Lom is a large Buddhist monastery built around 1286 in Si Satchanalia, Northern Thailand.

Its construction was heavily influenced by Sri Lanka.

Si Satchanalai means ‘City of the Good People’ and it was the second residence of the Kingdom of Sukhothai’s Crown Prince. The Si Satchanalai Historical park is home to another 5 major Buddhist temples.

 The main sanctuary, seen here, is encased in thick laterite walls

The temple grounds are large and flat. Si Satchanalai gets surprisingly few visitors- it was just us, the gardeners and the birds for the first three hours we were there.

 

 

The temple is named for the 39 elephants that surround the base of the stupa. (Chang means Elephant in Thai)

Some of the elephants have stood the weather and time better than others.

 

Once, the second level of the stupa was filled with 1.4 metre tall Buddha images. Some have disappeared.

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Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand

Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand

A Good Match

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2 Golden Monks

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Asurindarahu Meets Buddha

Phrae, Thailand

Phrae, Thailand

Left arm along the body, right arm serves as a pillow with the hand supporting the head.
Story : The giant Asurindarahu wanted to see the Buddha, but was reluctant to bow before him. The Buddha, while lying down, presented himself as much larger than the giant. He then showed him the realm of heaven with heavenly figures all larger than the giant. After all this, Asurindarahu, the giant, was humbled, and made his obeisance to the Buddha before leaving.

~Buddha Images.com

More Giants

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Yak

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Yak means giant.

‘The Yak can read a person’s heart. The Yak knows if you mean to desecrate the temple or cause harm to the priests or worshippers. Although the Yak may appear as a statue, he can come alive if necessary. He may come upon you later as you walk in another place or as you sleep in your bed at night. If the Yak wants to find you he will find you. He prevents evil from coming into the sacred place or heart.”

‘Some Thai believe that the Yak offer protection, not only to the temples or the Grand Palace, but also to the humble Buddhist who seeks the assistance of the giant guardian.’

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