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ARCHITECTURE & ICONOGRAPHY

  

 

 

  thepchumnum of Ramakien characters

 

Thailand

The giant Mangkonkan (fig.) supporting a pagoda at Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, as part of an architectural style, which is known as thepchumnum, i.e. a row of devas, garudas, or yakshas, etc. In total 4 monkeys and 16 giants from the Ramakien support the base of two golden redented chedis at the compound.

 

They were built by King Rama I to house the ashes of his parents, i.e. those of his mother in the gilded chedi on the North, and those of his father in the gilded chedi on the South.

See also LIST OF RAMAKIEN CHARACTERS.

 

  thepchumnum of Ramakien characters