Monday, 11 November 2013

Wat Phra Thong (History)

This text is directly from a post on the walls of Wat Phra Thong.

The history of Wat Phrathong and Luang Pho Phra Phut was never written before just the old people telling the younger ones later and later.

In frormer times the area of this holy monastery was only the rich land field where the villager used for raising cows and buffaloes. The next day a young boy took his buffalo to this field. Usually he was able to tie his buffalo's rope with burhes in that area, but now he could not. He had to walk around and around to look for something to tie his buffalo's rope. Then he walked to the bank of the river and saw a stage piece of stone covering with mud. So he tied the rope with this stone and returned home. 

At home he suddenly got sick and died later the morning. His parents and neighbours were so surprise. He was burried that day. His father went to the field to his buffalo and again he was so surprised the second time. His buffalo was already dead. 

He returned and at night he dreamed that the cause of his son and buffalo's death because his son had tied the rope with the head of the GOLDEN BUDDHA image. 

The next day the villagers went to see the strange muddy stone. They all washed the mud out and saw that this was the GOLDEN BUDDHA IMAGE. They all prayed respectfully.

They reported this exciting news to the Governor of Thalang. The Governor ordered his men to dig up the GOLDEN BUDDHA IMAGE. But they all failed in digging. They tried very hard but there many strange things occurred during the digging. 

For instance the one who dug would be assaulted by wasps, hornets and bees. The one who prayed wouldn't get any harm. 

The governor ordered his men to build the big building covering the GOLDEN BUDDHA IMAGE. Thai people called "PHRA PHUT" meaning the buddha image coming up from the ground. PHRA PHUT is only the head of the golden Buddha image just about one foot from the ground.

Chinese people called "PHOO PHUK" which they all believed that this Golden Image came from China. The Chinese and the Thai people in neighbouring town came to make worship during the Chinese New Year's day in February every year.

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  1. Hi Tim,

    Did you notice that there is also a geocache placed at Wat Phra Thong?

    If you'll go to get that cache at some day, I'll recommed for you to visit the Floragalore cache close by. It's a non-hunting area, where various trees and plants are labeled in English. There is short factoids for each of the plants.

    1. Thank you very much - the last time I visited that non-hunting area was for a Butterfly Release :)