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Khu Bua (คูบัว)

Thai. ‘Lotus Moat’. Name of a tambon with an archaeological site of the same name, situated about 12 km southeast of Ratchaburi town, and which dates from the early Dvaravati period, when it was an important city of the Mon. The main site, which include the foundations of a Buddhist temple known as Wat Khlong Suwannakhiri, is surrounded by an earthen wall and a moat, which óderiving from the nameó apparently once had lotuses in it. Whereas the temple's foundations are the largest and best preserved, the ancient site are also some 44 lesser places in which preserved evidence of past activity is found. During excavations in the mid-twentieth century, some dhammachakka-wheels, ceramic figurines, and stone tablets were discovered, which are now on display at the National Museums in Ratchaburi and in Bangkok, as well as in a small museum at the archaeological site. In Thai known as Meuang Boraan Khu Bua.