Unseen in Bangkok
The First Execution Chamber
In the olden days, after a royal cremation,
the ashes would be taken in a boat procession to float before
Wat Phathum Khongkha. If a royal white elephant died, its
bones wrapped in white cloth would be treated likewise.
This temple was also an execution field for members of the
royal family in the early Rattanakosin Period, as evident
in the existent 48-by-60-inch execution stone on which several
royal-family members were executed from the First to the Third
Reigns. The guilty person would be put in a red sack and beaten
to death with a fragrant sandalwood club.
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