Phra That Phanom

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Phra That Phanom, Ban That Phanom, Nakhon Phanom Province

Year of the Monkey: The north east of Thailand is the only region I have never really explored in great detail. Hopefully I will get a chance to go next year. One of the places which is definitely on my list is this temple in That Phanom which is alongside the Mekhong River. The Lao style chedi is 57 metres high. According to legend, the chedi was built jointly by five kings and the decoration was done by Lord Indra. Housed inside this chedi are the chest bones of the Lord Buddha. This is an important pilgrimage site for people born in the Year of the Monkey. This picture was taken by one of my colleagues at school who comes from this region.

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