Photo: One aspect of the view from Khao Tang Kuan.

Khao Tang Kuan

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Khao Tang Kuan is a large hill rising high above the city’s otherwise flat landscape to a viewpoint where you can best appreciate the distinctive geography of Songkhla.

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Rather than pay 30 baht for a lift that runs up the east side of the hill from a station near Haad Samila, we opted to climb a steep stairway marked by naga images to the north. From this side, your first stop will be Sala Phra Wihaan Daeng, a European-style pavilion built of brick by order of King Rama V after he visited the site in the late 19th century.

Sala Phra Wihaan Daeng, a pavilion built by order of King Rama V. Photo taken in or around Khao Tang Kuan, Songkhla, Thailand by David Luekens.

Sala Phra Wihaan Daeng, a pavilion built by order of King Rama V. Photo: David Luekens

Behind this “royal red pavilion,” another set of stairs leads to the top of the hill crowned by a chedi that first appeared roughly 1,000 years ago during the Dvaravati period. It was covered by a bell-shaped chedi in 1886, and a small lighthouse was added a ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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