The entrance is guarded by a pair of yakshis (mythical giants – 5 metres (16 ft) high statues). In Thailand, a yak is a giant demon (ogre, colossus or monster) from the Ramakian (the Thai version of the Hindu Ramayana epic mythology) and the entire compound wall of the complex is painted with Thai murals depicting scenes from this epic story of Ramayana.
Since the 14th century Yakshis have been placed outside temple doors to guard against evil forces entering into the temple or temple grounds. They are depicted with a characteristic face, having big round bulging eyes and protruding fangs. They are dressed in full body armor wearing a dragon helmet, with both hands upon a large spiraled club.
Red Cross 2003
The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Prince Wan Waithayakon, 1891-1976
National Stamp Exhibition - Mailboxes