Photo: Buddha image at Wat Mani Chonlakan.

Wat Mani Chonlakan

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Wat Mani Chonlakan’s eye-catching chedi leans slightly to one side on a riverine island in the Lopburi River.

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Built in the mid 19th century, the chedi has an unusual design with three tiers boasting standing Buddha images in niches and 12 recessed corners leading up to a small spire that looks like the uppermost section of a traditional bell-shaped chedi. The chedi resembles the Chiang Saen style of Northern Thailand, making it look even more out of place in Lopburi.

The tower from a distance. Photo taken in or around Wat Mani Chonlakan, Lopburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

The tower from a distance. Photo: David Luekens

Known as Chedi Luang Por Saeng, the chedi was named after a famous monk who is depicted in a life-size wax statue in a neighbouring shrine. A shady riverside park stretches out around the chedi with benches and stairways leading down to the water -- check out the views of giant stilted fishing nets and rusty rooftops over in the Tha Pho market area. You also might walk down to a lesser-used southern bridge for a good look of the chedi towering above ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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