The City Pillar Shrine Surat Thani
Surat Thani City Pillar Shrine: Pay homage to the Srivijaya-style City Pillar Shrine, the sacred item of Surat Thani. This city pillar is made from wood of the Golden Shower Tree (CasiaFitsula). It is 108 inches high with 20 inches diameter. The top of the pillar is carved into a 4-faced Avalokite?vara Bodhisattva looking in the 4 directions. This is a common style of the city pillars around Thailand. On the large hair curls, there is a Buddha image in the attitude of meditation which is considered as the guardian of the direction, according to Srivijaya’s belief. Moreover, wood carving of this pillar shows delicate floral motifs in Srivijaya style.