The elephant temple
Published: 18th June, 2016
Stretching on all four sides, the elephants are much larger than the pachyderm sculptures found at other temples in the Sukhothai realm, including Wat Chang Rob in Kamphaeng Phet and another Wat Chang Lom in Sukhothai. Some have cracked to the laterite cores and none have kept their trunks, but a few at the corners still display detailed eyes and regal decoration around the necks.
Stairs lead up to the top of the chedi’s massive laterite base, where seated Buddha images in the subduing Mara posture can be seen in several large niches. While many of these are partially broken, the chedi’s slender top is still in good shape. The grounds also include a gateway, the remains of two wihaans and a few smaller chedis.
Wat Chang Lom is located just northwest of Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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