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  Chedi Chang Lom

 

Thailand

Chedi Chang Lom at Wat Chiang Man (fig.) is the oldest construction at the oldest temple in Chiang Mai, constructed in 1297 AD. It consists of a square base with a terrace of fifteen life-sized stucco elephants that surround and support the pagoda, of which the upper part is gilded.

 

Initially, the animals were all white, and are thus in fact Chang Pheuak, i.e. White Elephants, which are deemed auspicious creatures in both Thai culture and Buddhism.

See also POSTAGE STAMP.

 

  Chedi Chang Lom