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Wats in Ayutthaya - อาณาจักรอยุธยา


Ayutthaya is Thailand's Ancient City. 



We visited Ayutthaya and we chose to make merit visiting temples in succession and they were all special in their own way - here is a list.





This was a Reclining Buddha situated in the carefully preserved grounds.







This was a series of different Temples over a large area - there was so much to be seen here.







An enormous temple the Golden Buddha in the centre and a Chinese Shrine adjacent






This is a set of Wats and temples which have collections which pay homage to the History of Buddhism in Thailand - very interesting. 






This was a small Wat with only one temple but outside there was a covered area with more space to make merit. 







This was a small Wat with a fair amount of destruction but there was a smaller temple which had a monk inside to receive us.







  

This was a small Wat with a large number of visitors - well preserved and a place where Buddhism is clearly celebrated.







  
This is a giant Reclining Buddha known as Phra Buddhasaiyart - beautiful and also set amid other ruins. 





9) Wat Tha Ga Rong (วดทาการอง)

  
This is almost a theme park - there are places to make merit and there are places to feed the fish, eat dinner and then go shopping.





10) Wat Kasatrathirat Worawihan (วดทาการอง)

  
This was a quite peaceful temple and there were a number of Thai people, again no tourists.




10) Wat Chai Watthanaram (วดไชยวฒนาราม)

  
This was a quite peaceful temple and there were a number of Thai people, again no tourists.



We were happy and tired that we had done this trip.
UNESCO are keen on preserving Ayutthaya and it is nominated to be on their World Heritage List - and in my opinion it should be.

This was extraordinarily special - we stayed at Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya and then we spent a night in Bangkok with family.

A visit worth making again.

Panoramio and Google map

The meanings of the postures of the Buddha - Thursday


This is from Wat Koh Sirey
In every temple there a number of different Buddhist states and each one has a different meaning - this does not remain consistent when I read all the documentation BUT I have chosen this one from Willy.

The Buddha image on Thursday is sitting in a full lotus position with soles upward and visible, the hands resting in the lap, right above left with all fingers extended, palms upward (the dhyani mudra).



After receiving bundles of grass from Sotthiya , he scattered it and made it as seat under the Banyan tree. He made a vow “ Skin , sinew and bone may dry up as they will , my flesh and blood may dry in my body , but without attaining completed enlightenment , I will not leave this seat.” With his strong determination, he achieved enlightenment. .



If you were born this day:

You are peaceful, calm and honest, likely to be a teacher or in the legal profession. Your lucky day is Sunday and lucky color is orange. Your unlucky day is Saturday and unlucky color is black.



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My birthday, coffins, Chinese Shrine (มูลนิธิกุศลธรรมภูเก็ต) and the Vegetarian Festival


It was my birthday and we made  a visit to a Chinese Shrine  - มูลนิธิกุศลธรรมภูเก็ต.

Chuen purchased 3 packets of what looked like white bed sheets. We kneeled in front of the Shrine and Chuen read the words which were at the foot of the table in front of us, I repeated them.



We then moved to the top of the offering table and burnt a piece of paper. Then we moved to something which I had not seen previously - this was a pile of stacked white coffins with a plethora of purple paper on the sides.





We moved towards the stack and place 'my piece' on the sides of it and then the white blankets were placed on the coffins. 

We had a chat at this point and Chuen told me that these white sheets were for the people who had died but nobody was going to take care of them!

We walked quietly away in thought and then I notice that there was a ambulance at the front of the Shrine - it was the same type of ambulance which had taken care of me after the accident that I had at the Final Parade of the Vegetarian Festival in 2012 - strange how things come full circle...




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Phuket Happenings - March 2014



So what was this month? - I had a birthday, Jemma's graduation, went to Khao Lak for a wedding, we went to Ayutthaya for two days but I remember it being a busy month so what else did we do?! I will have to read my blog....



WOW - fabulous cheap Copy Toy Shop (ธดาพร ของเลน) but sometimes the LEGO...
is cheap!



I really do not think that I would follow this sign to the Panwa Beach Resort - where has the real sign gone?

The story of the lost aeroplane deepens - a passenger on the aircraft was carrying a passport which was lost in Phuket after being left to rent a motorcycle.
Motorbikes are more than dangerous in Phuket


Then there was the comment from a person who lived in Phuket and asked what she should do when the Chinese Tourists surrounded her daughter to take a photograph - I suggested a tip hat - what about you?



229 years ago was the Battle of Thalang 
- missed this celebration (again)

- couldn't this be done at the pier?
- and what about the tourists?

The National Park encroachment is going to be investigated 
- again?

- but the report is that it was legal - OK
BUT why was the man wearing that outfit on the beach?
what else was the man involved in which was not posted?

- and the foreigners who have murdered Thai people, was a curfew given?


- more interesting was the choice of photograph 
- Pegas Holiday coach but a disclaimer printed - sorry 


2012

Big Buddha construction is possibly a hazard
 
- work stopped
- the structure might fall over
- more projects are starting without permission - it is never ending
but my favourite

"Suporn Vanitchakul, president of the Phraphuttha Mingmongkol Sattha 45 Foundation and head of Big Buddha construction, apologized.

“I would like to apologize for the inconveniences caused by the construction. My actions are well-intentioned,” he said.

- but it was safe
- the pumps are blocked (sic) - how long does it take grass to grow? because that was what was in the waste...

Phuket Governors are looking at access to Freedom Beach
The future of Freedom Beach is being decided...
- is it all that it is built up to be?
- 120 Million Baht 


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Then I read that the Bike Hire Firm is warned of the scam involving fake passports given by the tourist in exchange for the bike!

Round and round...

Terminal X at Phuket is for the Russian's and the Chinese
I wonder why they chose these two cultural groups? 
A management decision?

A Phuket Murderer (suspected) is on trial 
and the media is not allowed to take notes - because?

Rice scheme money is found
It's in Hong Kong - politicians and civil servants
that's a lot of money 'missing', when did they realise?


The kidnapped Russian gets a lot of bad press on facebook for being Russian
The Phuket News publish an editorial comment that all Russians are not the same!


10,000 complaints received about the taxi's in Phuket in 5 months
is that all?

Mangrove, บานขนมไทย ชาววง, Café-y-Té, Monkey Hill, พอตาโตะแซะ and รานสมตำเมองคอน-สะพานหน


Jemma and I got up early whilst mummy slept and we quickly did the homework which meant that we able to visit the Mangrove Panwa around the corner for breakfast. A small place and breakfast was until 11:30 am.


I like the location and the chess set that they have put in the garden



Jemma met a friend and they went off to feed the rabbits and then was soon searching for crabs along the waters edge.



We did find an interesting item - a post along the water's edge and it is not confirmed but I believe it to be - but Dawn told me

"I think these often appear where there has been some problem over land boundary. It will show where the public land ends (on the beach at high sea level) and where private land begins and building is allowed"

After the excitement of the crabs we needed to get changed, watch a movie and wake mummy up - it was now time for Lunch!



We had lunch at บานขนมไทย ชาววง (a popular Local Thai Restaurant - a review to come here) the Chinese Sausages were good but a little expensive to buy some to take home...


This meant that it was time for only the second coffee of the day - we drove into Phuket Town to find a coffee shop with good coffee, air-conditioning and good cake, we ended up at Café-Y-Té- delicious.



Parking was difficult so we had to walk and we ended up walking into the 'Drawing Room' - a gallery of paintings by a local artist.

Jemma decided that she wanted to go Geocaching - Monkey Hill was the closest and the most interesting place so this was where we chose.



We stopped on the way there because Jemma (and Daddy) liked the colourful stalls outside the Phuket City Office.



The top of the hill shows a great view and Monkey Hill was entertaining but we were very careful with the monkeys - the monkeys only seemed to be on the top half of the hill, dogs were below. 



The Geocache at the top of the hill could not be found - looking at the history of the cache we were not the only people who could not find it however.



We carefully fed the monkeys - especially as somebody had posted a number of posters up that feeding the monkeys was dangerous - I would agree, we threw the food out of the window and closed the window quickly.



There were a lot of monkeys!



As we went down the hill Jemma and I chose to visit the Buddhist Temple with a difference - พอตาโตะแซะ - which was on the side of the road.



Wat Charoen Samanakit is surrounded by a number of smaller temples and they are all very individual - a full review will be put here - in fact the more I look at the pictures the more confuse I am as to whether it is a Buddhist Wat or a Chinese Shrine or is it all of them?



A dinner was taken at Sapan Hin at รานสมตำเมองคอน สะพานหน a local restaurant and it really does serve the best Pla Duk Foo in Phuket - this is a MUST if you come to Phuket.