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Tuesday 10 April 2012

Day Tripper (i) The Reclining Buddha Temple

Burmese Migrant Children & their ditch-fishing time!
I love April as it allows us to be together for annual family gathering during Traditional Thai New Year's Celebrations (or "Songkran", which takes place on 13-15 April each year). My journey started earlier on April 4th, as we departed from S/W Andaman coast of Thailand, heading to Petchburi province where my mom's residence is nestled.  
This beautiful boy proudly showed me
his beautiful blue fish, caught from the ditch:-)
Look what I found at a petrol station where
roadsters can enjoy a glass of refreshing juice,
iced tea & coffee as well as snacks:-)
Blooming Frangipani Flowers on the way...
A green coffee shop, namely "Amazon", located at
almost all PTT's petrol stations in Thailand

I ordered " iced Green Tea Latte with milk pudding" to stimulate my sleepy eyes -.-"  
Aromatic Gold Pineapple...
perfect as energy booster! 
Beautiful Impala Lily at the coffee shop
Traditional way of Palm Sugar Making
boiling watery sweet palm juice
Palm sugar is originally made from the sugary sap of
the Palmyra palm, or sugar date palm which are abundant
in Petchburi  Province as well as in its neighbouring central provinces.
My top objective, besides family reunion, is to visit as many ancient temples as I can because I am obsessed with ancient architecture, mural painting, decoration as well as sculpture:-) Most of ancient temples in central provinces had been built during Ayuddhaya Era. They were renovated during King Rama V's reign or on around 2452 B.E. The first temple where I had an opportunity to pay a visit & making merits: The Reclining Buddha Temple, Petchburi Province.

วัดพระพุทธไสยาสน์ หรือวัดพระนอน จังหวัดเพชรบุรี
Ancient Thai Style Decoration
See how beautiful Thai sculpture is...
I could not capture the whole body of the reclining Buddha statue ...
So the head and the feet parts should be just fine to show you
how enormous & marvelous it is:-)

พระพุทธไสยาสน์ซึ่งประดิษฐานในวิหารของวัดฯ สันนิษฐานว่าสร้างขึ้นในสมัยอยุธยา
ขนาดองค์พระยาว 21 วา 1 ศอก 1 คืบ 7 นิ้ว แต่เดิมสร้างไว้กลางแจ้ง  เมื่อพระบาทสมเด็จพระจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัวโปรดเกล้าให้สร้างพระนครคีรีได้ทรงโปรดให้สร้างหลังคาเพื่อกันฝน และในสมัยพระบาทสมเด็จพระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัวโปรดให้สร้างหลังคาใหม่และทำฝารอบองค์พระ ดังเช่นในปัจจุบัน 
Fortune Slip Boxes
See why I'm so obsessed with Thai Arts:-)
Gracefully Thai...
Śarīra शरीर พระบรมสารีริกธาตุ
Ancient Stone Mural Painting 
ผนังโบสถ์พระยืน ด้านข้าง
A wood-craft door handle (ancient Thai style)
deserted pavillion (Sino-Thai Style)

วิจิตร อ่อนช้อย งดงามมาก
I am so proud to be Thai:-)


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