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King Naresuan The Great Pagoda
The pagoda is located in the city of Chiang Dao, Mueng Ngai. Somdet Phra Naresuan Maharat was one of the Siam’s most revered monarchs known for his ability to fight against enemies and his campaigns to free Siam from Burmese rules. He marched an army to defeat the enemies in Thailand therefore; the locals from where he had his stopover built the monument or pagoda to honor the victory of King Naresuan. The pagoda at Mueng Ngai was built by the locals during the time when King Naresuan had stopover at Mueng Ngai before he and his army marched to Ungwa, Burma in B.E.2147.
The width of the pagoda is 10.30metres and the height is 25.12metres. It is an octagonal based statue of King Naresuan. One of the sides appears the statue of King Naresuan standing on a pedestal, which made of black metal, wearing military uniform with a sword in his left hand while his right hand is holding a gold ewer shedding water on the ground as a symbolical of donation. He did not wear the Mala. The statue height is approximately 2metres. Engraved tablets on each side of the base depict the King’s royal duties. Interspersed with the marble panels are depictions of his royal history, designed by Fine Art Department and was done in B.E.2513. Below the statue is a replica of King’s army camp which located pictures of King Naresuan, Somdet Phra Ekatotsarot, and Somdet Phra Suphankalaya. This replica was built by Fine Art Department on the occasion of the libation by H.M.K. Bhumibol Adulyadej and Quenn Sirikit on the 25th January B.E.2514.
For those who are interested in history, the site opens from 9am-5pm.