Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong has been a sacred place in Chiang Rai for a very long time. Even before the arrival of Buddhism in the area, it has been revered as the home of the local spirits. Situated in the middle of the temple grounds is a chedi, the temple’s center of attraction. About 14 meters tall, this chedi has been built in a fine blend of Bhu-kam and Lanna styles. It’s body, bell, the lotus-petal base and the top spire are all embellished with gold foil. In the year 1992, the City Pillar was relocated to Doi Chom Thong from Wat Klang Wiang where it is now known as Sadue Muang, Omphalos or the Navel of the city.
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