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Wat Cham Devi #1

So-called Wat Ku Kut (Ku Kut means a non-topped chedi, built by Thao Mahantoyot, the eldest son of Queen Cham Devi, to enshrine his mother's ashes. It's another name "Suwan Chang-Kot Chedi" has derived from its golden top. The chedi was built on the five-layered square base, and it consists of 60 niches containg 60 standing buddha statues in giving a pardon posture. Its architectural style is similar to that of sattamahaprasat in polonnaruva of Sri Lanka and it becomes the prominent model to square-base type of chides built in the later time for example Suwan Chedi or Pathum Chedi, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, and Chedhi Leum (or Chedi Ku Kham), amphoe sarape, changwat Chiang Mai. The top of the chedi was naturally crumble down, leading to it's known as Wat Ku Kut.

Once, a reverded monk, Kruba Srivijaya, resident here, after his death in 1946 A.D., his ashes was divided into 4 groups to enshrine at the sacred places which one of them was enshrined in Ku Phra Kruba Srivijaya of Suwan Chang-Kot Chedi (Chedi Ku Kut).

[taken from their introduction]

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Taken on January 2, 2012