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Nakhon Pathom, Phra Pathom Chedi and video

Phra Pathom Chedi  is the tallest stupa in the world with the height of 127 metres (417 ft). It is located in the town of Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.

The name Phra Pathom Chedi means Holy chedi (stupa) of the beginning. The stupa at the location is first mentioned in Buddhist scriptures of the year 675, however archaeological findings date back to the 4th century. In the 11th century it was overbuilt with a Khmer (Ancient Cambodia) style prang, which was later overgrown by the jungle. The ruin was visited several times by the later King Mongkut during his time as a monk, and after his coronation he ordered the building of a new and more magnificent chedi at the site. After 17 years of construction it was finished in 1870, and the population of nearby Nakhon Chai Si was ordered to move to the newly created town around the chedi.

Nakhon Pathom Page 7,  Phra Pathom Chedi and video

The Night Market in the area of Pagoda or Chedi is located on the west side of the pagoda. There are many food hawkers or food stalls where you can enjoy a variety of food. It's a cheap and clean open air food court, open 18:00-23:00. Do not forget to drop in at Flying Ice Cream - you will be fascinated by how ice cream flies. You can also sample what is reputedly the best Khao Lam (sticky rice and coconut milk cooked in bamboo) in all Thailand.

There is a restaurant with no English sign on Thanon Ratchadamnoen, a few minutes walk towards Sanam Chan from the Chedi. Transliterated the name is roughly Ratchaphreuk. If heading towards Sanam Chan it is on the left, and is recognisable by its plastic table and chairs in a comfortable beer garden. Sometimes the place has karaoke. The food is good traditional Thai, but you will be tested on your knowledge of Thai cuisine as there is no English menu.

Any Order (Raan A-haan Taam Sung), Rajdamnern Rd (towards Sanamchan Palace from Chedi, at the far corner of the first block on the right, opposite side of 7-11, if you face towards Sanamchan). Clean and cheap. They provide English Menu with their signature dishes. Open daily until midnight to 1 a.m.

Yuer Mai, Rajdamnern Rd (around five min's on the left hand side, opposite side of Catholic Church). Nice and simple Thai dishes, air-conditioning.

Some places to eat in the Town

Nakhon Pathom Page 7,  Phra Pathom Chedi and video
Nakhon Pathom Page 8, Dynasty Golf & Country Club, Nakhon Pathom