Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth is a gigantic wooden construction which covers the area of more than two rais. The top point of the building is about 105 meters high. It was constructed to withstand the wind and sunshine on the seashore at Rachvate Cape, Tumbon Naklea, Amphur Banglamung, Chon Buri Province.

The building was constructed according to ancient Thai ingenuity and every square inch of the building is covered with wooden carve sculpture. The purposes of decoration with wooden carve sculptures are to use art and culture as the reflection of Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. With in this complex, visitors will understand Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, Cycle of living, Life Relationship with Universe and Common Goal of Life toward Utopia.

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The Sanctuary of Truth. Built originally by one of the wealthiest families in Thailand. 120 Wood carvers live on the site creating the
carvings. Family of the creator of temple has carried on his work. Youngest son now in charge of construction.

Location :
Chon Buri

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Phra Ram Ratchaniwet

Originally called "Wang Ban Pun", the European style palace is situated to the south of the town. The construction began in 1909 at the command of King Rama V to be his rainy season palace. A German architect, Mr. Karl Deurring designed the palace, while Admiral HRH Prince Boriphat of Nakhonsawan and HRH Prince Damrong supervised the construction. The construction was completed in 1916 in the reign of King Rama VI. The place was used to welcome and accommodate state visitors during the reign of King Rama VI.

location : Phetchaburi

Sirindhorn Museum

This archaeological museum is situated in the foothills of Phu Kum Khao Mountain in Sahatsakhan District, approximately 28 kilometres from Kalasin Town. The Palaeozoic Era was two hundred million years ago, long before humans existed. Dinosaurs once lived in this area and we find their fossils underneath the sandstone bedding-plane. Hence, the museum is a research centre as well as being the most complete and largest dinosaur museum in Southeat Asia

The museum was named by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. A two-storey building, its interior is filled with mysterious walkways guiding visitors to travel back in time to the Palaeozoic Era. Walking through the tunnels, visitors reach various exhibition halls about Geology, the beginnings of the Earth and how it was formed, as well as the evolution of living creatures such as dinosaurs and humans.

The museum’s outstanding exhibits include life-sized skeletons of the many significant dinosaur species discovered in this area, such as Phuwiangosaurus sirindhornae, Siamosaurus suteethorni and Siamotyrannus isanensis. In addition, also displayed in the museum, is the actual archaeological dig-site where fossils of six dinosaurs were unearthed from the same bedding-plane.

Location : Kalasin

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Diving Buddha (local customs)

The Ceremony of the diving a Buddha image in a river in Phetchabun is held once a year. The festival usually takes place on the 15th day of the 10th waning moon. It is an old ceremony that has been observed continuously for many years. It allows the Governor of Phetchabun to show his scrifice to the people. Traditionally, the Governor was the only person deemed suitable to bear the sacred Buddha image and dive with it into the river. According to tradition, whener the Governor did not fulfil this duty, the crops became barren that year and the image would mysteriously disappear.

The Buddha image known as "Phra Buddha Maha Dhammaraja" is a focus of worship for the people of Phetchabun. The image originally resided in Sukhothai, before being moved to its present abode at Tri Bhumi Temple in Phetchabun.

Location : Phetchabun

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Illuminated Boat Procession (local customs)

Illuminated Boat Procession is in fact the same ceremony as the Loy Krathong festival in other regions of Thailand. It is organised annually to mark the end of Buddhist Lent in Nakhon Phanom as a world famous festival.

The festival has its roots in the legend of Phra Dhatu Phanom, known as the tale of Urangka Dhatu. The story has Numthanathee River, abode of the magical 5 - headed Naga snake. The Naga invited the Buddha to visit his underwater world. Upon his return, the Naga asked the Buddha to leave his footprint on the river bank. To this day, the Buddha's Footprint is and important place of pilgrimage and worship. The people in Nakhon Phanom the organised the illuminated boat festival on the end of Lent every year.

Location : Nakhon Phanom

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mo Hin Khaw

Mo Hin Khaw is the group of large white sandstones between 197-175 million years. Attractions in the area of national park Phu Lan Kha, it looks outstanding like Stonehenge of England.


Location : Chaiyaphum

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan (Wat Phrathat) in the provincial capital of Nakhon Si Thammarat province is a very famous temple whose oldest parts are about 1.500 years old. It contains a Buddha tooth relic. The central chedi (pagoda), a famous landmark, is 55.78 metres high. The top is entirely covered by pure gold.

Local people of Nakhon Si Thammarat are very fond of legends of all kinds. Several legends are ranking about Wat Prathat, it’s founding and history and the founding of the town of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Since they somehow all seem to differ a little bit, depending on the source that tells them, they are best explored on your visit there.

Location: Nakhon Si Thammarat

Friday, September 3, 2010

Mrigadayavan Palace

Mrigadayavan Palace is located on Bang Kra beach between Cha am and Hua hin. Completed in 1924, this summer palace was built by King Rama VI as a summer getaway. 399 metres long, supported by 1,080 concrete pillars, there are 16 buildings of golden teak, in Thai-Victorian style, all connected by elevated airy walkways designed to catch the breezes from all directions.

The palace is divided into 3 usage areas. The first as you enter is the audience hall for business and entertainment, then you enter the men's quarters, including the King's personal rooms, and finally the ladies quarters. Unfortunately no photographs are allowed in both the Kings and Queens personal rooms. Two very long corridors lead off from the main building to two beach pavilions, one for the King and one for the ladies. The King's pavilion has a large cross on the top, used to signal the King's activities by the use of coloured lanterns. Another small building at the rear of the palace shows life in the serving quarters.

Location : Phechaburi

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Phi Ta Khon "Mask of Faith"

Phi Ta Khon ia a native performance of folk art. Most of the performers are young boys and teenagers, who dress up as different kinds of grotesque ghosts. The creative outfits are made from old rags, mosquito nets, bedding or even torn blankets. Each "ghost" wears a mask fashioned out of a bammboo steamer. The bamboo is bound with coconut stalks to form a hat; painted with oil colors; punched with eye holes; and as a finishing touch, a long nose like and elephant's trunk or bat wings ia added.

In the second days before sunset, the end of the Phi Ta Khon performance is marked by throwing away the ghostly costumes into the Man River. This is a symbolic act to represent discarding sorrow and bad luck into the river of no return.

Location : Loei

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