Sunday, November 30, 2008

Khao Chee Chan - Wat YangSangwaram (Buddha sculptural image)

Located: Just down the road, approximately 2km, from the chinese-thai temple, Anek Kusala Sala (Viharnra Sien)

Research online...
Khao Chee Chan is about 20 km from Pattaya and is part of the Wat YangSangwaram Temple Complex. Located 7km away is the Nong Noch Gardens.
Known to be the largest sculptured image of Buddha in the world, it was done in 1995 by an American (Lives in Naklua, near Pattaya!) for the Kings Birthday. He etched it out using a laser.
The Buddha image is 130 meters tall and 70 meters wide, and outlined in Gold.
Next to here are the Silver Lakes Vineyards and loads of fields full of Grapevines. There is also an elephant Krall across the road.

The shape of this mountain was due to it being mined for the stone during the Vietnam war, the stone was used at U Tapao airbase and also used to help build local roads.

Anek Kusala Sala (Viharnra Sien) - Flowers in Pattaya

Here's a visit to this unique and beautiful temple with amazing statues ... Anek Kusala Sala

Here's another series ...

I like these :-)


Anek Kusala Sala (Viharnra Sien) - Chinese temple, Pattaya

Opening hours: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm (weekdays) or 05:30 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Tickets: 50 THB (baht)
Tel: +66 3823 8367

Anek Kusala Sala (Viharnra Sien), located in the large compound of Wat Yanasangwararam in South Pattaya, was built by the Chinese-Thai community to honor His Majesty the King. Viharnra Sien is also known as the "Abode of the Gods".
The interior
Bronze statues line the first floor courtyard
The details and facial expressions are nothing short of amazing

Enjoying the day out

Beautiful scenery

The Thai Art Exhibition permanent display
Elephants are loved throughout Thailand..

Ornate statues...

And finally, the view from the third and highest floor...
All photos were taken with my Nikon D80, in full manual, switching between my Tamron 17-50mm and Tamron SP90mm Macro lens.
ps - More research online about this amazing place...
Built by the Chinese-Thai community in honour of His Majesty the King, Viharnra Sien (‘Abode of the Gods’) is a fascinating repository of arts, artefacts and religious statues from China and Thailand that is both a museum and place to worship Chinese gods.
Visitors can discover a host of cultural treasures in this traditionally decorated pavilion next to a lake within the royal temple of Wat Yansangwararam. HM the King opened it in 1993, bestowing the name of Anek Kusala Sala (‘Multipurpose Pavilion’).
Interesting items include replicas of the famed terracotta warriors, white jade statue of Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy), brass sculptures of Chinese gods and a pair of huge granite Peking Lions.

Road-side stall Thai lunch - Near Floating Market, Pattaya

We were hungry after visiting the Floating Market, so we stopped at a roadside stall alongside the market...

Thumbs up! These guys have no problems eating anything :-) Ba-Mee Nam.

My choice ... Padkaprao Moo Sarb Kai Dao, my favourite!