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  Phra Kaew Don Tao Watermelon Statue

 

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In front of Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao in Lampang (fig.) is a small roundabout with a monument that refers to the etymological origin of the temple's name.

 

According to legend, a senior monk of the temple one day found an emerald stone inside a watermelon, which he had carved into a precious Buddha image, with the word for watermelon in Northern-Thai dialect being ‘mahk tao’.

See also TRAVEL PICTURES (1), (2), (3) and (4).

18°18'07.9"N 99°30'31.4"E

 

  Phra Kaew Don Tao Watermelon Statue