Saturday, February 18, 2017

Wat Kosit Wihan


 Wat Kosit Wihan is only one of  a great number of Buddhist Temples and I always try to visit each one once. 




It is a little north of Phuket Town (near to Phuket Mission Hospital) - in the temple there are a number of places where the religious ceremonies take place - the most revered is the shrine hall (or uboscot). Be aware though that there it can get busy on religious days and sometimes in the mornings when sermons take place.

I did look for the 'golden laughing Buddha statue and a Lung Por Lod statue that I was under the impression were there but I may have been in the wrong Wat?




In the temple there was a place to burn people who had passed away and it definitely had an eerie quality to it. 



There was also the teaching taking place - I forgot the name for this.




Then I found that there were steps at the back which took you to where there were graves of many people - I kept going up.



Then I found a statue behind bars? On coming back down to the Wat (which I was not able to get in) but walked around it.



I found a number of these smaller shrines in the surrounding wall - not something that I see very often but I read a lot about.

Certainly a special place to visit.

  


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Phuket Downtown Market


Phuket Downtown Market is somewhere which is more in keeping with the older traditional markets - no air-conditioning, tarpaulin roof, sometimes there are no prices on display and a very interesting place to wander into - the mornings being the opportune time.




The amount of fruits there is quite substantial.



But there are trucks outside the market who sell in bulk - so every so often you will see vegetables on sale in enormous quantities - bags of limes for example. But I am not sure where I have seen the pumpkin used in a Thai dish - that lost me.



This is not a market which has been set up for the tourist - it is quite rare to see one here - which does make it all the more authentic. This makes it all the more reason to visit BECAUSE you have no clue as to what it is and makes it all the more interesting to visit.



So what is all is some of these things? Well I am at a loss with what this is, I have no idea?




Then the displays of dried or drying fish.



Then there is the Sino-Portuguese building adjacent to it - I have no more information about whose this place is than knowing it is there AND there is no information on the net regarding it!

You can have breakfast around the corner at many places OR the place for lunch is Downtown Kao Kaeng.





Monday, February 6, 2017

อนุสรณ์สถานถลางชนะศึก


อนุสรณ์สถานถลางชนะศึก is a sculpture garden in the middle of Phuket and it is not something that I read very much about it. 

More is written about the Heroine's Monument that is located on the main road.




In fact I cannot find any details about this sculpture



But it is looked after.



Something not expected...



Here's the entrance.

 


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wat Muang Komanraphat - วัดม่วงโกมารภัจจ์


Wat Muang Komanraphat - วัดม่วงโกมารภัจจ์ - is somewhere which we stumbled on quite unexpectantly, I don't remember what we were looking for or where we were going.


We were looking for a short cut and ended up in a rubber plantation.


But what a find - this was clearly not a tourist attraction, there was nothing there in any other language but Thai. This only added to it's natural beauty however.



I can find almost nothing about this for the tourist however - here it is on Temple Tour and Pantip.com


The temple was calming beyond my expectations.

The sculptures the gardens are not something that I have had an experience of calming but rather a 'teaching tool'  which I have seen in Wat Thampatan.


Then there was a buried Buddha? - something else to find here.





It was clear that it was somewhere which the locals used often.

A peaceful place to escape to...