Photo: Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo.

Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo

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The centrepiece of Si Satchanalai, Wat Chedi Cet Thaeo boasts an impressive collection of Buddha images and chedis crafted in at least five different artistic styles, making it quite unlike any other site from the Sukhothai kingdom, and the cremated remains of Sukhothai royalty may have been enshrined here.

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The name means Temple with Seven Rows of Chedis, referring to 33 subordinate chedis leading to a tall lotus-shaped chedi that resembles the one found at Wat Mahathat down in Sukhothai. Either Thai artists got very creative or artists from other kingdoms were brought in to add their various styles to the complex: the chedis feature the styles of Sri Lanka, Burma, Srivijaya and Sukhothai, often with more than one style blending on a single chedi.

Plenty of chedis. Photo taken in or around Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo, Si Satchanalai, Thailand by David Luekens.

Plenty of chedis. Photo: David Luekens

Buddha images in various states of disrepair stand in niches on four sides of several mondops, complemented by detailed stucco nagas or archways shaped like Bodhi leaves and bell-shaped chedis at the top. Built atop sturdy laterite bases, some of the minor chedis have undulating ridges that get narrower towards the top, a style that’s rare in the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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