Friday, January 13, 2017

Wat Khao Rang - giant demons


Wat Khao Rang is certainly a place to visit if you are in Phuket Town. I always try to visit and have a number of times - more than I have listed below.



Wat Khao Rang is a wonderful example of a Buddhist Temple - there is a beautiful golden Buddha which is worth visiting. 



Next to this Buddhist statue there is a wonderful example of a Wat - perched on the top of a number of steps.



What I found today was the large creatures at the front of the Temple. What is common is the Yuk



Then there are more and I can find very little information about - but once I have written this I will endeavour to find out.




This one (I think maybe the 'God of Death') is actually a bit scary - look at that necklace!!


and then his stick!


There are also more beautiful and balanced...


But what is this demon representing?


Is this demon holding a traditional 'ball' which is placed at Wats

These sacred stone balls, usually nine, are called ลูกนิมิต in the Thai language and are placed at the four corners and other cardinal points of the พระอุโบสถ.

BUT one of the greatest pleasures is not knowing, looking briefly  and sometimes it doesn't matter...

Previous Visits
 1) November 2012 - part I
 2) November 2012 - part II
 3) July 2014 - a walk up Rang Hill
 4) May 2015 - an investigation


 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Fortune


Fortune is a good place to go shopping when you are looking for 'bits and pieces' and it won't cost you a fortune (sorry I could not resist that one).



So what is in here? 



Well I would imagine that the photographs are the best way to share that with the reader.



So here are some.




But I am not sure whether I would purchase the 'authentic items' - not sure that these are something to purchase and take through customs?



These bags are very popular (at the moment).



But these are ubiquitous and certainly not expensive!?


 


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Rung Market - Flower threading


Flower threading is an art which I started to learn when I first moved to Phuket in 2000 and unfortunately did not continue to learn. 



These types of flower garlands are called 'Uba'. 



The local markets are a place where I saw the most flowers being threaded at the same time - Rung Market (behind Robinsons).


 




It is still a popular skill in Phuket and some are sold on the side of the road and the larger ones (more detailed) are sold in the Flower Shops (Suan Luang for example).




However the very ornate and detailed ones can be purchased in Bangkok. 






But the joy of watching the flowers be threaded in the Local market is lovely.




 






Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wat Koh Sirey


Wat Koh Sirey is certainly a Wat to visit and the most pleasant thing about this Wat is that it is peaceful. It is not on a great many maps which are produced.




At the bottom there is a temple and is well taken care of.



Then there is still a very steep hill in front of the temple and this is an effort that you have to make to get to the top - there is more meaning when you do get there in the end...



On arrival at the temple there is the same reclining Buddha and it is still as exquisite as it was on the previous visit.



Recently the Wat was updated and the surround of the Temple was finished - great. This was after.




This was before.

But what is more of an attraction is the (I think) structure that was added - but I am told that it has something to do with the Myanmar workers that live on the island. It is a replica of Phra That In Kwaen (Golden Rock) from Burma (Myanmar).



The original rock represents one of the 3 most sacred places in Myanmar for Religious Worship and apparently the original one is certainly a sight to behold....

Well this is certainly special to visit and it was clear that it was not a simple tourist destination but had a lot of meaning for the visitors that we saw whilst we were there.

Please remember to remove your shoes if you enter in and dress appropriately.



Then there is the surrounding area of all the boats and the fishermen preparing for their fishing expedition. Koh Sirey is certainly a place to visit if you are interested in culture.

 

Previous visits
 1) September 2012  



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