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Wat Chedi Chet Thaew, Si SatchanalaiWat Chedi Chet Thaew, Si Satchanalai (23 December, 2003)

Wat Chedi Chet Thaew (GPS: 17.43085, 99.78632; Thai: วัดเจดีย์เจ็ดแถว ) are the ruins of a sprawling Thai Buddhist temple in Si Satchanalai, Thailand. The name Wat Chedi Chet Thaew means Temple of the Seven Rows of Phra Chedi (but do not take the name literally). This huge temple complex covers a rectangular area in which is a main stupa and numerous smaller ones. Also found here are five mandapas, two viharns and one ubosot. In all likelihood, Wat Chedi Chet Thaew may have been built during the reign of King Li Thai (1347-1368/74). Today only the base and foundation stones are still lying there, the walls and ceiling were gone a long time ago.

The main feature - and its highest structure - is the lotus bud stupa, which is built in the Sukhothai style. It rises from a square base which is 13.5 meters on each side. Like boxes stacked one over the other, there are five tiers of diminishing size, with a box-like structure on top. From here rises the slender column of the stupa, culminating in the form of a lotus bud that is topped with a spire of rings. The tip is broken.

In front of it is the main assembly hall, or viharn. There is a pedestal here on which there would once have been a seated Buddha statue, though part of the legs is still visible.

Being one of the biggest temple ruins in Si Satchanalai, Wat Chedi Chet Thaew is also one of the most visited. You can expect other visitors wandering around the site when you are there. Main entrance is from the road to the northeast of the temple.

Wat Chedi Chet Thaew, Si SatchanalaiWat Chedi Chet Thaew, Si Satchanalai (23 December, 2003)

Wat Chedi Chet Thaew, Si SatchanalaiA Buddha statue on the grounds of Wat Chedi Chet Thaew, Si Satchanalai (23 December, 2003)

Wat Chedi Chet Thaew, Si SatchanalaiSignage of Wat Chedi Chet Thaew, Si Satchanalai (23 December, 2003)

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Wat Chedi Chet Thaew, viewed from main visitor entrance. (Dec 2014)

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