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Three more archive photos of Sukhothai monuments.
Here Wat Sorasak.

According to a stone inscription found at the temple, the Wat Sorasak was built in 1412. The temple consists of a chedi and a viharn. The chedi is a good example of the “chedi surrounded by elephants”, of which many were built during the Sukhothai era. The attractive bell shaped chedi stands on a low square brick base. Protruding out of the base are the bodies of 24 elephant statues that seem to carry the structure of the chedi on their backs. Both the chedi and elephants are made of brick covered with stucco.

In ancient days elephants played an important role in South East Asia. They were used intensively in wars and for various tasks, like carrying logs in the logging business. Kings owned rare white elephants that represented wealth and power. Elephants are also believed to protect Buddhism and are often seen as guardians at Buddhist temples.

I will upload two more pictures as Workshops.
Bigger picture:

Another chedi.

The beautiful walking Buddha:

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13046 W: 139 N: 33749] (153890)
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