Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Songkran Water Fun - Silom 2015

This week in Thailand, Thai New Year, Songkhran, is celebrated.  Songkhran is a water festival, where the Thai People play with water.  In Bangkok there are areas where largen number of people gather to play with water using water guns, water cannons, hoses, and whatever they can find to throw water on others around them.  It is always a good time...

Songkran at Wat Sothon

Wat Sothon (Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan) is located in the center of Chachoengsao Province by the Bang Pakong River, approximately 2km south from Sala Mang (city hall). Reportedly the largest white marble temple in the world, it was originally built during the late Ayutthaya period in around 1765. The present ordination hall has recently been refurbished and the white Italian Carrara marble looks absolutely stunning in the bright Thai sunshine.

The temple is the home of "Luang Pho Buddha Sothon", the most important Buddha image of the province. According to legend, ‘Luang Pho Buddha Sothon' magically floated up the Bang Pakong River before being enshrined in the temple. This sacred Buddha is renowned for having divine powers that can heal the sick and bring about an abundant harvest.

The 1.48 meter-high image of Buddha is seated cross-legged in the posture of meditation. What makes the Buddha image particularly unique is that the statues lap is 1.65m wide, which in the view of many Thais, makes ‘Luang Pho Buddha Sothon' extremely attractive and graceful.

The sculpture is actually made from bronze, but the monks who originally received it were afraid that it might be stolen, so they covered the shiny, gleaming surface with stucco (cement plaster). To this day, the image remains covered in stucco and this is the finish that you will see, but here and there you will also see patches of gold, where worshippers have shown their homage by applying gold leaf to the statue.

Most visitors to the temple come to worship in the single story building, which is located on the right of the main hall. Here you will find local people paying their respects, ‘making merit' by giving donations and giving thanks by paying the Temple Dancers to perform a dance for them. The official ceremony to pay homage to ‘Luang Pho Buddha Sothon' is held three times a year: during the Chinese New Year (around late January or February), in the 5th Thai lunar month (around April), and in the 12th Thai lunar month (around late November).

Monday, April 13, 2015

River Prawn on the Barby

I never get a enough River Prawn and I hope you get a chance to enjoy! A while ago I posted a blog on how to properly grill tasty river prawn.  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Rock Lobster in Thailand

Rock Lobster 
Guang Gadan and Yum Sam Khai - a delicious meal of Rock lobster, served with a spicy sauce, and three egg salad (crab egg, horeshoe crab egg and ocean catfish egg) served with steamed rice.  All for the low cost of about 20 USD at Rim Hat Seafood in Ban Sa-Re, Thailand, overlooking the ocean.

Three egg spicy salad 
Guang Gadan and Yum Sam Khai 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Cave Temple at Khao Yoi

Khao Yoi Cave is located within the hill visible from Highway No.4 and behind the railway station of Khao Yoi, approximately 22km north of Phetchaburi town.  The cave has been used as a place of Buddhist worship, having many Buddha images and other icons.  This is common to many of the large caves found in Thailand.

Outside  the cave is a troop of playful monkeys, which are as interesting to watch and the walk into the cave.

Enjoy the photos of the cave and monkeys in the area.

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