Phuket Town Market (and Down Town Plaza) is an area which has seen a great many changes since I arrived in 2000. In the early, early morning the road is littered with trucks selling produce in but and then these trucks either return to where they came from or relocate nearby. Later the stalls line the streets and the local people start shopping.
This particular post is not to do with the food but the people. I find the best thing to do is simply sit there and watch the world go round...
There are always a lot of motorbikes
some even take care of their dogs in the basket at the front. But it is a very busy place to visit...
How about trying some street food whilst you are here - even if it is only hard boiled eggs and nuts (or something)...
I always like to watch the monks walk by me...
Then you can always get the local bus somewhere - but they do finish at about 4pm?
They also serve as a way of taking the shopping home...
"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. With one stone (often slightly larger) situated under the main Buddha image inside the ordination hall."
But I do not know whether the colour meant anything else however?
Then there are the rows of bells next to an entrance - which I believe many followers ring when they enter? The significance of this I have not confirmed.
A favorite of mine is the black large circular bell having on two ropes which is struck three times. Or by stroking it in the middle repetitively make a strange echoing sound.
They seem to be taking care of the grounds around at the current moment - but this character is in more than one Wat that I have visited?
A wonderful temple which in the evening has a local food market for those of us going home.
There seems to be a number of khlongs which run through Phuket Town but I seem to find very little information about them. But from the mechanisms which are scattered about I imagine that they were fully operational.
I did find a map after seeing so many Khlongs but I do not know how to find them all.
Phuket Town has a plethora of bridges all over the place.
Phuket Town is really quite beautiful.
But not always - sometimes there are people cleaning the khlongs of rubbish and soil. There are more khlongs which are being used in Bangkok and around Thailand - I feel that it would be a nice idea to have all these khlongs working again.
The people selling you pieces were quietly visible - to put it simply the visit was beautiful.
Even the feet...
The focus of the visit was clearly the reclining Buddha - The important feature Wat Lokayasutharam is a huge reclining Buddha image, called Phra Bhuddhasaiyart, which faces to the east. It was constructed of bricks and cement in the art style cf the Middle Ayutthaya Period. It is 37 meters long and 8 meters high - http://www.ayutthaya2020.com/phranoon.asp.
There was really not a lot more to find out but that it was part of a greater area.
Happy to see no abuse of the area.
The beauty of our visit was the serene quality of the face...