Monday, August 26, 2019

Visited LopBuri "Monkey City" ~ Phra Prang Sam Yot & Shrine San Phra Kan - Lopburi - Thailand.

The monument in the center of Lopburi town is perhaps best known for the large number of monkeys that run around freely at town, constantly on the lookout for food. In center of "Monkey City" was located Phra Prang Sam Yot & Shrine San Phra Kan.
 The sacred Phra Prang Sam Yot, which translates to “three holy prangs” is featured on the provincial seal of Lopburi which depicts Vishnu in front of the monuments’s three prangs. Located on Vichayen Road, approximately 200 meters from the railway station, Phra Prang Sam Yot is Lop Buri’s best known landmark and provincial symbol. A former Hindu shrine built in the 13th century in the classic Bayon style of Khmer architecture, the compound comprises three Prangs (Chedis) linked by corridors. The three laterite and sandstone spires, each decorated with classic stucco, are believed to have originally represented the Hindu Trimurti; Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver) and Shiva (the Destroyer). During the reign of King Narai, the shrine was converted into a Buddhist temple and a brick hall was built in the east to house a grand U Thong-style Buddha image. Buddha images were later added to the two Prangs. The temple is located on a mound on the west side of the railway.
The busy city at middle of a traffic.
 Photo taken with Phra Prang Sam Yot.
 Surrounding with shops at center of "Monkey City".
 Here is the Shrine San Phra Kan. Another former Brahman shrine located next to Phra Prang Sam Yot, across the railway station. The compound was built at two different times, and so has both an old and a new section (still have some restoration now). The former dates back to the Khmer period, as evidenced by a laterite mound uncovered hundreds of years later. The “new” section, constructed in 1951, contains a famous object of worship: a four-armed Vishnu figure affixed with a Buddha’s head. Located nearby is also a guardian house in which various Buddha and Hindu images are enshrined.
A troop of monkeys begging for food usually surrounds the shrine.
 The stairway to upper Shrine.
 The sacred of four-armed Vishnu figure affixed with a Buddha’s head.
 Photo taken inside the main altar of Golden Vishnu figure with a Buddha’s head.
 The sacred sword and golden hat.
 Monkey lookout for food.
The old part of Shrine San Phra Kan. This Shrine is located in the middle of the roundabout named Si Sunthorn Circle on Narai Maharaj Road in Talay Chup Son Sub-district, Mueang District, Lopburi province.
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Friday, August 23, 2019

Revisited In Year BE2562 - Wat ThaMuang ~ LP BoonHai - The Famous Master From Southern Thailand - Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Nakhon Si Thammarat is one the most ancient cities of Thailand, previously the Kingdom of Ligor, and contains many buildings and ruins of historical significance. The King of Srivijaya "had established a foothold at Ligor" by year 775, where he "built various edifices, including a sanctuary dedicated to the Buddha and to the Bodhisattvas Padmapani and Vajrapani". Many important temples and famous historical site to visit in Nakhon Si Thammarat. And this time we revisited to Wat ThaMuang and met LP BoonHai.
 LP BoonHai (Phra Kru Phisanwihanwat, an abbot of Wat ThaMuang) was born on 16 August BE2471 in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. At age 20, he got ordained as a Buddhist monk in his hometown. After ordination, he set his heart on studying important matter of a monk and studying magic and mantras from Phra Kru Thanksinthammasan. LP Boonhai practiced Vitthayakom (magic and mantras) until he had very strong mind power. In year BE2513, LP Boonhai became an abbot of Wat ThaMuang in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. With his intention to develop the temple, Wat ThaMuang was gradually developed. 
 The updated construction for new wiharn of Wat ThaMuang.
 Photo taken with the wiharn and new wall divider with metal fence.
 The standing Phra Ruang Buddha at front the wiharn.
 The cottage and crematorium of Wat ThaMuang.
 The new painted for Hall building Wat ThaMuang.
 The main altar of Phra Buddha statues and banner of LP BoonHai.
 Waiting for LP BoonHai and finally came and gave blessing.
 Deep consecrated by LP BoonHai.
 Photo taken with LP BoonHai, he is 91 years old (BE2562).
 The photos for ceremonies by LP BoonHai.
Banner for latest event at Wat ThaMuang by LP BoonHai.
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Visited Wat Phanan Choeng - Phra Phuttha Trai Rattana Nayok (LP To - SamPoKong 三宝公佛) - Ayutthaya - Thailand (Part: 2/2).

Wat Phanan Choeng is famous for its enormous seated Buddha image, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the country. According to legend tears shed from the eyes of the image just before the destruction of Ayutthaya by the Burmese in 1767.
 The main entrance with board - Wat Phanan Choeng.
 The front side wiharn of the Big Buddha LP To - SamPoKong 三宝公佛.
 The sacred Elephant statue.
 The corridor to wiharn Big Buddha LP To - SamPoKong 三宝公佛 and venerated small size of the Phra Buddha LP To.
 Photo taken with Phra Phuttha Trai Rattana Nayok, also know as LP To - SamPoKong 三宝公佛. The main Biggest Golden Buddha image - made of brick and mortar and covered with stucco - sits in the classic posture of Subduing Mara. It measures (approx) 14 meters at the lap and 19 meters in height including the ornament above the head.
 “Phra Phuttha Trai Rattana Nayok”. It was built of stucco in subduing Mara posture and was magnificently lacquered and gilt. In front of the Buddha Image are a talipot fan and 2 statues of disciples made of stucco sitting on its left- and right- hand side.
 The antique and sacred Phra Buddha statues.
 The temple amulet counter for Wat Phanan Choeng.
 The variety Holy items of Big Buddha LP To - SamPoKong 三宝公佛.
 The beautiful wooden Pillar and Floor of the wiharn.
 The old classic wiharn of Wat Phanan Choeng.
 The small Shrine of CaiShen Caishen 财神 at Wat Phanan Choeng.
The jetty of Pasak river.
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