Photo: Gateway at Wat Khao Suwan Khiri.

Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng and Wat Khao Suwan Khiri

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The ancient chedis of Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng and Wat Khao Suwan Khiri reach from the top of a pair of forested hills and can be seen from all over the historical park.

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Accessed by 144 laterite steps that could be out of an Indiana Jones flick, Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng stands atop a sacred hill of the same name. An ancient chronicle states that a hermit named Satchanalai told a local chieftain to construct the city at the foot of the hill. A rather bare-looking Buddha image sits on the remains of a wihaan, while a large mondop houses a shrine to a local deity known as Chao Mae La Ong Sam Lee.

Seated Buddha at Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng. Photo taken in or around Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng and Wat Khao Suwan Khiri, Si Satchanalai, Thailand by David Luekens.

Seated Buddha at Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng. Photo: David Luekens

Continuing west past some broken chedis, the ridge crests downwards before cutting back uphill to 49 more steps leading to Wat Khao Suwan Khiri. If you need a break, a pavilion is found here amid ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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