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Phra Pokklao Ariyakhet

Phra Pokklao Ariyakhet

I could explain this or I could just let the website for Wat Yanasangvararam do the heavy lifting for me. I think I will do the latter. What I do know is that I could not get close to the statue at the end due to the fact that two temple dogs weren’t thrilled with my presence and while I normally shoo them off in Thai they weren’t backing down so this is all I could get. Now for the…

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Phra Boromthat Chedi Maha Chakripipat

Phra Boromthat Chedi Maha Chakripipat

If you are wondering what Phra Boromthat Chedi Maha Chakripipat means, it’s a roughly translated to mean the Stupa that contains the Buddha’s relics for the progress and stability of the Chakri Dynasty. You can read more about this here. I took this image and a few others at Wat Yanasangvararam when I took a drive out there and packed a camera. I like to go walking in different areas. It was nice because this is normally a tourist temple….

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Shrine to Mazu in Sir Racha Thailand

Shrine to Mazu in Sir Racha Thailand

Mazu is a Chinese water goddess that has something to do with Buddhism as well. Thai Buddhism is a huge mix of Hindu and Chinese Buddhism. You can walk down a street and see an equally as loved shrined to Ganesh as you would to the Buddha. It’s Thailand, take logic and reason and throw it out the window. Enjoy.

The Path To Enlightenment Is Fraught With Perils

The Path To Enlightenment Is Fraught With Perils

Well not really unless you are worried about a hedge poking out on the path or low hanging wires which are so common in South East Asia you don’t even register them anymore unless they are near your foot or head and could potentially be carrying voltage. The secret is most are telecom lines and not power. They just look like a jumbled, dangerous mess but in reality they are harmless. You see techs out there on bamboo ladders leaning…

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Out Of The Shadows And Into The Light

Out Of The Shadows And Into The Light

This was taken at a temple on top of a mountain in Sri Ratcha, Thailand. Yes, it’s the same place where Sri Ratch sauce was named after. It’s about 40 minutes away from me by car. I didn’t see much of the place because it was soul burning hot that day and I was slowly melting. Enjoy.

Wat Phra Yai Pagoda

Wat Phra Yai Pagoda

Wat Phra Yai is the real name for what everyone else in Pattaya calls Big Buddha. Having seen Big Buddha more times than I care to admit I skip it now and head towards the Chinese Temple that most ignore. Meaning, it’s not jammed by a bunch of tourists being dropped off by the busloads. If you are ever in Pattaya and are like I rather see the Chinese Temple, just pull in at the top of the parking area…

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Wat Ounalom Monastery

Wat Ounalom Monastery

I was in Cambodia last month just to get out of Thailand for a bit. I generally try and disappear from Thailand periodically to have a holiday from my holiday as I call it. It’s not every person that can say they wake up to a view of the Gulf of Thailand as their daily view. During my time in Phnom Penh this time it pissed down daily. We are talking torrential rains for several hours. When it wasn’t doing…

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Spirit Tree

Spirit Tree

This one is from Thailand that I shot a few years ago. Was a spirit tree along the beach. This is not an uncommon sight in Thailand. There are lots of trees like this with offerings around it. They are called spirit trees because the Thais believe a local spirit lives in the tree and to keep it happy small offerings are made to it. Many people mistake Buddhism is tied back to the Dali Lama. Far from it. There…

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Golden Idols

Golden Idols

This was taken at Wat Nong Yai in Thailand. The same place as Stupa Steps was taken. These two were tucked under a small awning providing shade near the stupa. For the uninitiated the statue on the right is Buddha. The one on the left is Ch’i-t’zu who was a Chinese monk. It gets complex and if you want to read about it follow this link. In Thai Buddhism you will see all sorts of stuff mixed in. It’s not at…

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