Mondop

Mondop enshrining the Buddha's Foot-Print. This mondop decorated with pieces of broken porcelain in floral patterns, on the ground below it is surrounded with Chinese stone dools,
Wat Arun Ratchawararam, Bangkok

The Thai Mondop resembles closely the Mandapa of the Indian temples. Square in plan, cubical in form, it has a pyramidal superstructure for roofing. The Thai Mondop may be built all in bricks or may have the square hall and the pillars around it in bricks with a timber superstructure. Some of the all-brick built Mondops are plain and their pyramidal upper part is formed by two or three layers of roofing superposed on another.


The Buddha's Foot-Print, Wat Arun Ratchawararam, Bangkok

The more recent type of Mondop has wooden superstructure decorated with wooden carvings, gilded and enriched with glass mosaic ; this mosaic is applied also over the vertical sides of the pillars and by combining two or three different coloured glasses, ornamental designs are composed. As usual, the wooden superstructure is foormed by a series of receding storeys enriched with the same decoration descending from the Indian 'cell'. The Mondop of Saraburi enshrining the Foot-Print of Lord Buddha or may serve as a kind of library and store-room for objects used in religious ceremonies as in the Mondop of Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok.
In later period the roofs some Mondops were decorated all over with mosaic composed of small pieces of por celain.


Stairways to Phra Mondop guarded at both sides by the demons cast in metal.
The outer walls are in "Thepphanom" design with gold and glass decorations