After walking around in the chilled Royal Thai Handicraft Center, truly unbearable was the scorching weather when we arrived at this 6th century largest museum in the world which is situated in one of the oldest cities in Bangkok. Feeling really hot, I quickly walked up the marble stairs leading to the standing golden Buddha in Pang Ham Yati posture.
The largest pagoda in Thailand, this temple houses the Phra pathom Chedi - the official provincial symbol of Nakhon Pathom. The present Phra Pathom Chedi was built during the reign of King Rama IV in 1853 and under his royal command, the new Chedi was constructed to cover the former Chedi of which the shape was of an upside down bell with a Prang top. The completed Chedi became a circular one that covers an upside-down, Lankan style, bell-shaped Chedi. The height from bottom to a top crown is about 120.45 metres, and 233.50 metres diameter at the base. Covered by shiny brown ceramic tiles, the chedi stands proudly in the middle of a very large central square.
Other things to see includes the huge golden Buddha reclining inside a large room at the back of the stupa, the white circular gallery displaying hundreds of representations of Lord Buddha, the little bell towers, chapels, a small museum and a large market selling Buddha amulet and varieties of Thai food.
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