Phra Pathom

Phra Pathom

 

a complex of archaeological remains in Thailand, in the modern city of Nakhon Pathom, 48 km west of Bangkok. The complex was investigated in 1939–40 by the French scholar P. Dupont. Phra Pathom represents the remains of one of the oldest of the Mon cities of the Dvaravati state (first millennium B.C.). Archaeologists have found bronze figures of the standing and sitting Buddha, stone reliefs, stucco ornaments, decorative stone wheels, and other objects among the ruins, especially in the temples of Wat Phra Meru and Wat Phra Pathom. The remains of Phra Pathom shed light on the early history of Indochina and prove that Buddhism had spread there by the first centuries A.D. The finds also attest to close economic and cultural ties with southern India and the island of Sri Lanka.

REFERENCE

Dupont, P. L’Archéologie mône de Dvāravati, vols. 1–2. Paris, 1959.
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Archaeological evidence for the term Dvaravati initially came from the discovery of two silver coins/medallions excavated at Nern Hin near Phra Pathom Chedi, Nakhon Pathom in 1943 (fig.
It's one of Thailand's oldest cities and famous for the Phra Pathom Chedi, a massive and imposing pagoda.
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Les statues du Buddha de la galerie de Phra Pathom Chedi.
Still other books provide lists of 56, 90, 72 and 66 postures, and it is the last of these (by Phra Phimontham, published in 1980) that was the source for a project carried out at Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakhon Pathom in 1983-84.