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Nakhon Pathom is located in Bangkok Metropolitan Area in Thailand – Part 4

Nakhon Pathom is located in Bangkok Metropolitan Area in Thailand.

Places to see in Nakhon Pathom

14. Phra Tamnak Tabkaeo
• This is a small building.
• It used to be a temporary residence during winter time.
• Now, after a renovation it is a residence of the Palad Changwat of Nakhon Pathom.
• 450 Rais of land to the rear of the building is the campus ground of the Silpakorn University at present.

15. Phra Tamnak Tabkwan
• This is a teak building.
• It has a palm leaf roof.
• The teak building was constructed to preserve traditional Thai architecture.
• This was so under the royal command of King Rama VI.
• It is also used for merit-making.
• Classic Thai performances were held at this building.

16. Thevalai Kanaesuan or Phra Pikkanesh Shrine
• It was built to enclose the image of Phra Pikkanaesuan.
• This is also known by the name Ganesh, the Indian god of arts.
• The shrine is situated in a large field.
• This is in front of the Sanam Chan Palace.

17. Ya-Lei Monument
• The dog, Ya-Lei was a beloved dog and close to heart of King Rama VI.
• The King was very fond of Ya-Lei.
• He loved it so much so that Ya-Lei was envied.
• He was later shot by an envious person.
• King Rama VI was much saddened when Ya-Le died.
• He then ordered a copper statue of Ya-Lei be cast.
• He set it up on a pedestal in front of Phra Tamnak Chali Monkol-asna.

18. Neun Dhamma Sala
• The physical appearance is similar to that of a hill with a tunnel opening.
• This opening is considered to connect Wat Phra Mayn to Wat Dhamma Sala.
• There are various valuable treasures like ancient pottery.
• It is considered that they may not be taken out as there is a treasure guardian spirit watching over.

19. Wat Phra Mayn
• It is an abandoned temple.
• At present, it resembles a large hill.
• There are other artifacts that were discovered. These include:
– bronze Buddha images
– arms of a late-rite Buddha image
– thighs of a laterite Buddha image
– hands from a laterite Buddha image
– Yaksa Deva: Thai mythical giant gods
– Lotus Lion Deva
– stucco relief from the stupa ruins

20. Phra Padhone Chedi
• Wat Phra Padhone Chedi is located in the middle of the ancient city of Nakhon Chaisi.
• Several artifacts were discovered during excavations. Some of the discovered items include:
– Buddha images
– Heads of Buddha images
– Buddha images in terra cotta
– A bronze figure of a garuda gripping naga under its claws: This is the official symbol of King Rama VI.

21. Neun Phra or Neun Yai Hom
• This area was once an ancient temple.
• The hill must have been a large Chedi.
• It was in the temple compound that dates back to the Dvaravati period.
• It may also have been roughly about 1,000 years ago.

22. Buddhamonthon
• This is a huge upright Buddha image.
• It appears in walking attitude.
• It measures about 15.8 meters.
• It marks the center of the area.
• King Bhumibhol Adulyadej granted the name “Phra Sri Sakkaya Thosapol Yan Phratan Buddhamonthon Sutas”.
• This was related to the splendid Buddha image.
• Now, important Buddhist ceremonies and festivities are held here. They include:
– Visaka Bucha Day
– Makabucha Day
– Asanhabucha Day
– Loy Krathong Festival

Best time to visit / climate

• Thailand is largely tropical.
• It’s hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F).
• From November to the end of February, it doesn’t rain much and temperatures are at their lowest.
• From March to June, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F).
• From July to October, although it only really gets underway in September, tropical monsoons hit most of the country.

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How to get there?

1. By Bus
• BKS public buses leave from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal.
• The trip costs 40 baht in first class.
• It takes about an hour.
• Buses go every 10 minutes from 4:10 AM until 9:30 PM.
• There are also 2nd class buses to Kanchanaburi every 15-30 minutes.
• There is a non-stop minibus service between Bangkok’s Victory Monument and the Big C Superstore in Nakhon Pathom.
• There is a drop off directly in front of Phra Pathom Chedi.
• The Victory Monument is far more convenient than the Southern Bus Terminal.

2. By Train
• The State Railway of Thailand operates daily trains to Nakhon Pathom.
• Trains from Bangkok’s Thonburi Train Station to Kanchanaburi or Nam Tok stop at Nakhon Pathom along the way.

3. By Car
• From Bangkok, drive on the old route of Petchakasem Road passing Aom Noi, Aom Yai, Sam Phran to Nakhon Pathom.
• Or drive on a new route from Bangkok, passing Buddhamonthon, Nakhon Chaisi to Nakhon Pathom.
• The new route is Highway No. 338.
• It originates on Pinklao Road.
• The elevated part from Pin Klao Bridge to Buddhamonthon 2 Road is toll free.
• It cuts down travel time considerably.

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