Monday, March 16, 2009

Wat Wichian Bamrung : Phetchabun

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Wat Wichian Bamrung
is located at Tha Rong Sub-district, near the Wichian Buri District Office by taking Highway No. 21 (Lom Sak – Saraburi Route). Within the compound of the temple is enshrined the biggest Wichian Buri Rattana Mingmongkhon Reclining Buddha Image of the province, with a length of 50 metres and height of 5 metres. The image lies outdoors facing towards the east. It was cast of cement and painted in gold. The image contains the relics of the Lord Buddha’s collarbone. Moreover, this temple is a location of the statues of King Naresuan the Great, Phra Suphan Kanlaya – his sister, and King Ekathotsarot – his brother. Besides, there is a Ruea Mat – a dredger with top cover, which was an engraving piece of a large timber tree dating to the Ayutthaya Kingdom with special characteristics. It was discovered in the Pa Sak River.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wat Phra Sing : Chiangrai

Wat Phra Sing. Built around 1385 in the reign of Prince Haha Phrom (brother of Prince Kuena of Chiang Mai) who ruled Chiang Rai from 1345 to 1400, this temple once housed Phra Phuttasihing (now is in Chiang Mai).

The temple is also well-known reflects a traditional architectural style, with wooden portals beautifully carved into a delicate pattern showing the interplay of earth, water, wind and fire, by the hand of local Chiang Rai craftsmen. The pattern was designed by one of Thailand's renowned artists,, Thaiwan Datchani.The temple itself housed a 5" by 24" replica of Buddha's footprint believed to be carved in the reigh of Phraya Mang Rai, with an inscription in the ancient Khmer alphabet which reads "Kusala Thumma (Dhamma), Akusala Thamma (Dhamma)" , to remind people of the Dhama which instigates good deeds and refrains from undesirable deeds.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Phra That Phu Phek : Sakon Nakhon

Phra That Phu Phek
is on a mountain in Tambon Na Hua Bo. To get there, take the Sakon Nakhon-Udon Thani road for 22 kilometres and take a road on the left for 14 kilometres, then ascend 491 steps. The laterite pagoda is on a square base. Seemingly unfinished because it has no roof or pagoda top, it was built in the 16th-17th Buddhist century.

Moreover, this Khmer Ruins is special as it houses solar calendar, cube-shape rock, in its stupa. The ancient people used it for indicating position of the sun to indicate date for religious rites and agricultural seasons.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Phra That Narai Cheng Weng sanctuary : Sakon Nakhon

Phra That Narai Cheng Weng sanctuary is 5 kilometers from town on the way to Udon Thani. The sandstone pagoda is on a late rite base. Ornate designs adorn the lintel, doorway and windows. It is believed the site was entirely constructed by women who competed with the men who built Phra That Phu Phek. It dates from the 16th-17th Buddhist century.

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