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Phrathat Yakhu
Phrathat Yakhu


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Phrathat Yakhu or Phrathat Yai is the largest Chedi (stupa or pagoda) in Fa Daet Song Yang Ancient City. It is an octagonal Chedi made of bricks. Evidence shows that construction on the structure continued for many hundreds of years through three Thai historic eras. The pedestal is square with staircases at the four compass directions, and was built during the Dvaravati period. The upper pedestal is in an octagonal shape, was built on top of the original one and supported an old Chedi from the Ayutthaya period. The body and the top were created in the Rattanakosin period.

Around the Chedi, there are boundary stones with bas-reliefs depicting the life of the Lord Buddha. Locals believe that the Chedi enshrines the bones of a respected senior monk. In addition, it is believed that when a rival kingdom, Mueang Chiang Som, won a local battle, they destroyed everything in Fa Daet Song Yang Ancient City save Phrathat Yakhu. For this reason, the remains of the Chedi are still in perfect condition. Each May, a rocket festival is held to ask for blessings of fortune and peace. 

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