The wonderful sweeping stair and entryway from Thanon Chao Fa Ngum Road and its silver colored seven-headed naga is reminiscent of the more colorful and elaborated longer stairway at Wat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The adjoining wat to the northeast, Wat Ho Xiang, has similar decorative design flanking its stairway.
The Naga is a protective symbol, since the King of the Nagas, Mucalina, protected the Buddha during a rainstorm so his meditation would be uninterrupted.
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