Chedi Phu Khao Thong


Originally built under Burmese occupation in the 16th century, the top section of this huge white stupa, whose name means 'Golden Mountain', was added later by Thais. You can climb 79 stairs to the midpoint for views of surrounding rice paddies.

It's 300m southwest of the King Naresuan Monument.

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