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Chang Puak Shrine

White Elephant Shrine
One of the white elephants in its 'stable'.

A short distance outside of the northern Chang Puak gate is the Chang Puak monument. The shrine sits in the middle of a sort of traffic circle next to one of the city's main bus stations. The late fourteenth century monument consists of two white elephants (chang puak) who stand in their own arched stables.

As in all of Thailand, the white elephant (which is not an albino, and not even white) is highly revered, so the elephants are hardly ever alone or unadorned.

 

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