City Pillar Shrine : Ayutthaya, Thailand

The current City Pillar and City Pillar Shrine of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya are new because the original ones had been destroyed. The current beautiful City Pillar Shrine was built in A.D. 1982 when the 200th anniversary of Bangkok was celebrated. The province deemed that the new City Pillar Shrine should be built in order to be worshipped as a tradition of the Thais.

The original City Pillar Shrine was built as a Thai style square building (Mondop) in white wash. There is an entrance and exit door on each of the four sides of the building. The top finial of the roof is in the shape of a pod of Pheka (Indian Trumpet Flower) (Lamphu Khan), which looks like 3 tiered Wachirawut (the diamond weapon of Indhra God).

The City Pillar is the trunk of a Java cassia tree placed vertically from the ground uprising to the top finial of the roof. The tip of the pillar is carved as a seven tiered lotus. There is also a replica of City Pillar for people who want to paste gold leaves, tie colourful fabric and offer flowers to the pillar.

City Pillar Shrine
Location: Pratu Chai Sub-district, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000 Thailand

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