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  Mae Rim Wisdom Eyes Gate

 

Thailand

Near Samnak Pattibat Tham Sanku (fig.), a Buddhist meditation centre on the outskirts of Mae Rim, stands this impressive brick gate, which is adorned with several interesting features, e.g. a stupa-like edifice, that is topped with a white chattra (fig.) and a pair of Wisdom Eyes (fig.) painted on it, similar to those on stupas in Nepal (fig.).

 

There are also two small Indian-style chattri, i.e. elevated pavilions with a dome-shaped roof, though here in the form of a Thai Phra Malah Biang, i.e. a type of royal hat as worn by King Naresuan in battle (fig.). In each of these pavilions is the statue of a bare-chested warrior, the one on the left holding a spear, the one on the right with a sword and its sheath. Beside this, there are several statues of fighting cocks (fig.) and some golden swans or hongse (fig.), i.e. Suphanahongse (fig.).

1853'38.6"N 9854'59.8"E

 

  Mae Rim Wisdom Eyes Gate