Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Calator in Thailanda 6. Wat Phan On / Traveller in Thailand 6. Wat Phan On

Not far from Wat Muen Lan it is another small temple called Wat Phan On. It was built in 1501, during the reign of King Phra Muang Kaeo. The main entrance to the viharn is guarded by a pair of singha. The gate and the windows are beautifully adorned.

Two students approached me explaining they have as task to exercise their English and learn about foreign countries. I answered to their questions and then we took a photo together.

The most interesting element here is the golden, big chedi. There are chads (filigraned umbrellas) to the four corners. In front of the chedi more bells offer you wellness and happiness if you touch them all. The sound may be combined with that of the gong.

Nu trebuie sa mergi prea mult de la Wat Muen Lan ca sa ajungi la alt wat mic, cu un frumos chedi aurit, Wat Phan On. Templul a fost construit in 1501, in timpul domniei regelui Phra Muang Kaeo.
Aici, intrarea in viharn este pazita de o pereche de singha.
 viharn
 intrarea principala in viharn

In interior, mai multi calugari faceau curatenie, asa ca am admirat statuia lui Buddha doar de la intrare, fara a o fotografia. Tot acolo, la loc de cinste,  exista si chipul unui calugar care a jucat un rol important in viata templului
Doua studente m-au abordat, cu mare timiditate, intrebandu-ma daca vreau sa le raspund la niste intrebari. Un mod placut de a-si exersa cunostintele de limba engleza si de a afla lucruri noi despre alte tari. Mai intai, m-au rugat sa le spun cate ceva despre tara mea, apoi au urmat cateva intrebari uzuale despre vizita mea in Chiang Mai (a cata vizita este, daca imi place si ce am vazut pana acum, daca am incercat mancarea traditionala, etc.). La finalul discutiei, ne-am fotografiat impreuna. Atunci le-am spus ca ma bucur sa ma aflu intre studenti si in vacanta...

Langa chedi se afla mese si banci unde poti sta de vorba cu calugarii sau unde oamenii sed cand sunt sarbatori in temple.
Elementul care atrage atentia in acest wat este chedi-ul mare si aurit. In nisele sale sunt statui ale lui Buddha. Intalnim aici, la cele patru colturi umbrela filigranata chad. Langa chedi, un sir de clopote iti ofera bunastare, fericire si te apara de rele, daca le tragi pe toate, pe rand. Sunetul lor se poate combina si cu cel al unui gong.
 chad


26 comments:

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Incredible beautiful place and great images!!!

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, Phivos!

joo said...

This place looks so peaceful and beautiful!! Greta placer and lovely images!

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Joo!

Rizalenio said...

I have some instagram friends and learned last year that they were flooded, some temples included. Glad you went to Thailand with good weather. Thailand is beautiful with all these wonderful temples. I smiled seeing your photos with two local girls. Photo with locals for me are always the best part of traveling. Love your photos as always, my dear friend.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Rizalenio. I followed the flood situation all October and November and I saw a lot of videos on YouTube. There are still patches of water around Bangkok and in the city still a lot of sand bags but slowly the situation is normalized.

dong ho said...

seeing different cultures makes a person appreciate the importance of difference.

Traveling Hawk said...

that's true, dong ho!

smalldot said...

f fain

DANI said...

Da, vad, ca sint la mare pret ornamentele aurite. Ametitoare imagini !!!

Irina said...

ramai masca atunci cand vezi ce valori au unii si ce cultura, si ce istorie.. si ce mult tin la ea.. nu prea ii intereseaza banii, si totusi sunt mai fericiti decat omul de rand...

BragonDorn said...

I saw a place a lot like this in Disneys Epcot but It would be amazing to see the real thing. :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Da, e fain pe acolo, smalldot:)

Traveling Hawk said...

si asta nu e tot, Dani, sa vezi si in alte parti...ca a mers crescendo...

Traveling Hawk said...

Bine ai venit, Irina...n-as zice ca nu-i intereseaza banii, toti se zbat sa castige ceva dar intr-un mod decent, nu sunt agresivi ca in alte parti...

Traveling Hawk said...

Welcome, BragornDorn! isn't it always amazing to see the real thing? :) That's the point!

Doug Hickok said...

Simply amazing! One must feel much peace and tranquility at such a spiritual place.

Traveling Hawk said...

It is so especially when there are not many peole around, Doug. In this particular temple, may be because it was already late, this was the case, and it was very pleasant.

Helma said...

Also another wonderful photo-report series. Glad you got an explanation of students who were learning English. The golden chedi is beautiful. Also your last picture of that huge tree is magnificent.

Greetings, Helma

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Helma!

magda said...

Very impressive photos my dear friend!
It is very interesting Place!
I'm very glad for you!
many greetings

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Magda! This trip was really good.

Life Ramblings said...

thanks for sharing the beauty and memories. wonderful photos.

Traveling Hawk said...

You are welcome, Life Ramblings. I'm glad you like them.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Another grand temple !

Traveling Hawk said...

Yes, it is!