Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng and Wat Khao Suwan Khiri

Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng and Wat Khao Suwan Khiri

Twin hilltop ruins

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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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Seated Buddha at Wat Khao Phanom Phloeng. Photo 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 the forest.

The centrepiece of Wat Khao Suwan Khiri is a bell-shaped chedi rising from a massive laterite brick base, where pilgrims would circumnavigate the chedi three times to show respect and earn merit. Walking Buddha images are placed in the niches. Two low-lying gates appear to be of a Chinese style; the faces of the guardian statues have been lost but details are still visible on the armour.

Hilltop view from Wat Khao Suwan Khiri. Photo by: David Luekens.
Hilltop view from Wat Khao Suwan Khiri. Photo: David Luekens

It’s usually breezy on the hilltops, which afford views over the rest of the historical park and beyond. Migratory white cranes swarm the trees late in the rainy season -- locals often use umbrellas to shield the inevitable streaks of “white rain” that drip ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)

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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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