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  Wat Saam Phraan

 

Thailand

Wat Saam Phraan in the tambon Saam Phraan (fig.), in Nakhon Pathom Province, features a high tower that is encircled by a winding staircase in the form of a hollow dragon.

 

By entering the belly of the beast  through the mouth of a Rahu-shaped gate (fig.), visitors can climb to the rooftop.

 

  Wat Saam Phraan

 

  Wat Saam Phraan

 

From the top, an eye-bird's view reveals most of the structures of the temple's compound and offers a panoramic view of the wider area.

 

The compound includes a giant mythological turtle, possibly Kurma, which can be entered through its open mouth, which doubles as a bridge, allowing visitors to access to the dome-shaped hall formed by its carapace.

 

  Wat Saam Phraan

 

  Wat Saam Phraan

 

The path inside its twisting tunnel-shaped tail leads to a small subterranean pond with a stone Buddhapada, i.e. a Footprint of the Buddha, which is protected by a naga.

 

The exit of this tunnel gives access  to a small park that features a White Elephant and a bridge with nagas.

 

  Wat Saam Phraan

 

  Wat Saam Phraan

 

The entrance of the main wihaan, located in between the giant turtle and the dragon tower, is guarded by a huge peacock.

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

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