The Main Gateway

This one story brick and stucco gate with Chinese style, half-barrel roof tiles, is known as Siew Kgang in Thai, and is located directly in front of the Uposatha hall, on Pra Sumeru Road.  This is the main entrance to the sanctuary. The door’s design is that of door guardians, or dvara pala (Chinese: siew meng kong) standing on the back of a mythological animals. The figures, dressed in part Chinese part Thai armor, are finished in gold-leaf and colored glass inlay. There are actually two sets of doors, one set facing Pra Sumeru Road and the other, facing inside the monastery. The black material on the figure’s mouth has been rumored to be opium, however, the material we present see is probably a coffee offering. The rumor may have some connection to the story of an opium addict who, having died at this site during the 3rd or 4th reign, entered the dreams of certain people in the community.  It was these people who made opium offerings at the door.