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The Chedi of Cham Thewi, Lamphun The Chedi of Cham Thewi at Wat Ku Kud was constructed in the Hariphunchai period. The Chedi is a square tower of which 5 storey's. Similarly, the Chedi is formed like a stepped pyramid. Each storey, there are 3 niches on each of the 4 faces of the tower, so there are 12 Buddha images in each storey and 60 images in all. The statues are Dvaravati and U-Thong arts and date back to the 9th and 10th century A.D. On top of the fifth storey is a natural is tic stucco lotus petal border.

According to the chronicle, a hermit erected a small city named Hariphunchai and invited Phra Nang Cham Thewi, a princess of King of Lavo ( Lop Buri ), to rule Hariphunchai. Phra Nang Cham Thewi came to this city at 679 A.D., and reigned for 54 years.

The Buddha Image of Dvaravati Period Nakhon Chai Si, an ancient city, located in Nakhon Pathom Province, prospered between the 7th-11th century A.D. The city was presumably the most important city of the Dvaravati Period which dominated central Thailand. Many religious monuments discovered here have shown the unique artistic style inspired by Hinayana Buddhism, which predominated in the kingdom at that time. The unique art style found in Dvaravati became known later as Dvaravati civilization. The profound influence of Dvaravati art can be seen from many historical religious monuments in the central region, the south, the north and the northeast of Thailand.

One outstanding characteristic of Dvaravati civilization is gigantic Buddha images in the teaching posture-seated with his feet resting on the floor. Four are presently found in Thailand and housed in four different places: the ordination hall at Phra Pathom Chedi Monastery; the plat form south of the Chedi; the National Museum, Bangkok; and the Chao Sam Phra Ya National Museum, Ayutthaya Province.

Prasat Sikhoraphum, Surin  The Sikhoraphum Stone Sanctuary is a group of five brick prang, finely constructed, standing on the same base. The Prasat was formerly known as Prasat Ban Ragnang and has been the symbol of Surin Province. The sanctuary was constructed according to Hinduism beliefs and dated back to the 12th century A.D.

The influence of Hinduism can be seen from the carved lintel found in the central tower, which depicts Shiva performing the cosmic dance. Around 15th century A.D., the sanctuary had been renovated and become a Buddhism Stupa. Standing in front of the sanctuary at a certain place, viewers can see the 5 towers simultaneously.