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The bell shaped Chedi Phra Sri Suriyothai is said to contain the ashes of the late Queen Suriyothai. Though the public is not allowed access inside, one can admire the gold gilded spire from outside. It was built on the mouth of an old canal which has since been filled and converted to a road. Queen Suriyothai, to this day remains an icon of Thai culture for her famed bravery in battle.
The monument is bright gold in colour with a white base and a well-manicured park surrounding it. The monument and its courtyard is closed to the public, but the park remains open for those who would like to see the park up close. In the afternoons, Chedi Phra Sri Suriyothai is said to twinkle in the sunlight, making for a pretty sight.
Queen Suriyothai is said to have been married to then-ruler King Chakkraphat. When her husband and sons left to fight the Burmese-Siamese War of 1548, she apparently followed them, fearing for their safety. Dressed as a male soldier, she rode an elephant into battle and fought valiantly. When her husband’s elephant stumbled, putting him in the path of danger, she is said to have charged in front of him and sacrificed her own life for his. In honor of her brave sacrifice, King Chakkraphat built this monument on the site of her cremation.
This local legend has been questioned by modern academics who believe that the monument was built after 1765 (much after King Chakkraphat’s rule) and that the elephant story was actually about another princess named Phra Boromdhilok. However, this story about Queen Suriyothai continues to remain popular to this day and she is revered by the public.
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