Sunday, November 30, 2008

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.

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