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  Asoka Pillar (single lion)

 

Thailand

Wat Asokaraam's (fig.) Asoka Pillar, in the form of a tall sandstone column with the statue of a single lion. These pillars were erected throughout northern India, often in strategic sites, such as on trade routes, but especially at locations of historical importance to Buddhism by the Mauryan King Asoka (fig.) after his conversion to Buddhism, in order to propagate the teachings of the Buddha.

See also TRAVEL PICTURES and THEMATIC STREET LIGHT.

1332'50.7"N 10036'29.4"E