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  Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao

 

Thailand

Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao in Lampang was built by order of King Anantayot and between 1436 and 1468 it housed the Emerald Buddha.

 

According to legend, a senior monk of the temple one day found an emerald stone in a watermelon, which he had carved into a precious Buddha image. This statue on a small roundabout in front of the temple refers to this myth (fig.).

 

  Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao

 

  Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao

 

The temple architecture is a mixture of styles and influences from Haripunchai, Burma and modern Thailand, with images and art in Mandalay and Lan Na styles, among others.

See also TRAVEL PICTURES (1), (2), (3) and (4).

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