via Bangkok Post, 03 November 2023: The Tha Phae Gate’s long-lost inscribed city pillar has been found in a concealed room after being out of sight for 40 years, sparking excitement among local scholars and officials. Known as the “Tha Phae Gate Inscription,” this artifact features Lanna Dhamma script with mirrored astrological and numerical charts, believed to confer blessings upon the city. Its rediscovery raises anticipation for potential public display.
There had been great public interest in the whereabouts of the inscribed stone, the 7th Regional Office of the department said on its Facebook page this week.
Some believed the inscription had been kept in the Chiang Mai National Museum, but it had not been seen for almost four decades.
However, department officials led by Therdsak Yenjura, director of the archaeological conservation unit, checked a room hidden inside the Tha Phae Gate and found the inscribed pillar in question on Wednesday.