Naphamethanidon & Naphapholphumisiri are two Chedi constructed by the Thai Royal Air Force to commemorate the 60th birthdays of the King and Queen.
Naphamethanidon was built for King in 1989 and Naphapholphumisiri was built for the Queen in 1992.
The three words Chedi, Stupa and Pagoda appear to be almost interchangeable, so you may hear them referred to as Pagodas or Stupas. Searching Wiki and on line dictionaries did not shed much light on the subject. One of the best articles I found states that the Stupa originated in India and then became a Pagoda in China. However most Thais will refer to this shape as a Chedi.
Thai National Parks state the meanings of the names Naphamethanidon & Naphapholphumisiri as follows.
Naphamethinidon, meaning ‘by the strength of the land and air’ was build in 1987 to honour 60th birthday anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Naphaphonphumisiri, meaning ‘being the strength of the air and the grace of the land’ was build in 1992 to honour 60th birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit.
As the two Chedis sit at such a high altitude, the area is under almost perpetual cloud cover. In those occasional brief moments of clear skies the views are simply breathtaking. Many feel, and I agree, that the constant mist gives it a unique, almost reverend, atmosphere and adds to the experience.
The image above was not taken by me. I found it on the site Shut up and take me there. It is, I am sure you will agree, an absolutely stunning photo of the twin Chedis.
Naphamethanidon & Naphapholphumisiri Image Gallery
Below are a few photos from our multiple visits. These were taken on our tours and we are happy to take you there on a tour of Doi Inthanon and surrounds. Click on any image to open a cascading light-box and to see a description of the image.