Friday, 8 May 2009

seven years in Thailand...

"We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all.".- buddhism proverb

Welcome to Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan Temple...please remove your shoes

This temple is situated on the west bank of the Bang Pakong River, 2 Kms. south of the city hall. Enshrined in a new gigantic hall is Phra Phutthasothon, or "Luang Pho Sothon" regarded as one of the most revered Buddha images in Thailand. The image, in the attitude of meditation, measuring 1.65 metres wide at the lap and 1.98 metres high, is always seen entirely pasted with gold leaves by worshipers. Two annual fairs celebrating the image fall in the 5th and the 12th lunar months (around April and November).

The new tall ubosoth of Sothorn Wararam Waravihan temple never fails to attract the attention of visitors. After 15 years in construction, the graceful and huge ubosoth is nearly complete. It mirrors the strong faith of the local people in Buddhism. The peak is 84 metres high. It is decorated with five golden umbrellas weighing a total of 77 kilogrammes. This is probably the world's largest ubosoth.

Worshippers come from far around to pay homage to Luang Pho Sathorn and a large group of 20 other Buddha images. Thai dancers are on hand every day to perform for a small donation

According to legend, Luang Pho Sothon, floated down the Bang Pakong River to the site of the temple. Efforts to retrieve it were unsuccessful until a villager had a small shrine erected on the site and performed a ceremony welcoming the image to the community.

"He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.” Lao Tzu... see you in my next chapter discovering Thailand...


Suruyevsky. said...

Crazy-Monk-Drile live from Thailand!!
Great Temple!!
Interesting white elephant!
Enormous Phra Phutthasothon!
Greetings from Mandrilland.-

ricardo said...

Impresionante. Que tengan un muy buen viaje y sigan disfrutando su manera de vivir la vida intensamente. Un abrazo de oso.

gabriela said...

Dear Crazy Drile and Amy:

What a big emotion for me see you there, where the time has no passed, where you can "touch" the energy, where the respect for the divinity is wonderful and the wisdom of the big teachers of the life have left his footprints.
All is illuminated in the Temple.

I send you all my love. You know that my soul is with both of you.
Thanks for sharing us your beautiful experience.

"From The whirlwind of the city to the quiet corner..."

A lot of love from Chillán, Chile

★ Crazy Drile™ said...

Gracias Don demasiado impresionante este viaje, Thailandia es realmente otro planeta; la gente, las comidas, la forma de manejar en las calles, lo peligroso de las calles en las noches, la conviccion y desdoblamiento de los monjes y budistas en los templos.... no hay palabras... realmente luego de este viaje no hay pelicula de holywood que te sorprenda

Vamos a seguir descubriendo Thailandia para luego irnos a la segunda etapa del viaje rumbo a Hong Kong y China, en donde iremos a Disneylandia...pero version de hong Kong...o sea, el Pato Donald y Mickey hablando en Chino hahhahhaha mas bizarro IMPOSIBLE!!

un gran abrazo desde Asia, saludos en Santiago


★ Crazy Drile™ said...

Sawasdee Suruyevsky!
Awesome trip....the temples here just amazing! no words... just like a Spielberg or Lukas dream...
Really I think Thailand was the inspiration for movies like Starwars, Predator and Alien... just the food or the animals look like from Another Planet!!! the colors, texture and sounds...the air and the spirit is an inspiration every second...

Im really glad that you are enjoying the Asian Chapters...for the next days you will see Thailand culture and way of life, and coming soon Hong Kong, China, Macau, Kuala Lampur and More....

Greetings in Mandriland my friend

Crazy Drile

★ Crazy Drile™ said...

Greetings in Chillan too...yeap is a contrast country...peace and meditacion in the temples and small villages, and lot of noise, polution and fast quick & mad life in Bangkok...

You'll need to have really strong nervous sistem if you want to drive here...or be crazy....

thanks God I have both, so today Im driving one Motorcycle Honda in Bangkok...after this experience I can drive airplanes in the moon!

Now I know why the people from here need meditation!

Greetings and all the best from the land of the green curry

Crazy Drile

★ Crazy Drile™ said...

Compass tips:

Movies like James Bond, Rambo, Tomb Rider, predator, the beach, Around the World in Eighty Days, The Big Boss, The Man with the Golden Gun,The Deer Hunter, Good Morning Vietnam, Casualties of War and The Killing Fields...was filmed here

Hollywood has played an important role in the development of Thailand's film industry. One of the first feature films made in Thailand, 1923's Miss Suwanna of Siam, was a Hollywood co-production, made with the royal assistance of King Vajiravudh, who gave the production free use of his 52 automobiles, 600 horses, use of the Royal Thai Navy, the Grand Palace, the railways, the rice mills, rice fields, coconut groves, canals and elephants

kiwi said...

incredible pictures as usual!
awesome thailand!!

greetings from New Zealand

★ Crazy Drile™ said...

thanks a lot mate!....more amazing shots coming soon...

greetings in your Island from the Kingdom of Thailand

gabriela said...

La música que acompañas tu capítulo es maravillosa, le da esa magia especial, es como estar allá.

Besos y buena suerte!!!!

Franchesca said...

¡Hola Seba! maravillosa aventura e increible la foto donde estás azul , delante del monje vestido de amarillo.Parece que sale una luz azul de tu cabeza y una mariposa, supongo que será un efecto del flash, pero es muy interesante. Os deseo un viaje maravilloso y seguro al mismo tiempo.Un abrazo desde España.Franchesca

Foquinha! said...

Dearest... Amazing!!!These are fabulous images... You are so so Crazy... ahahah!!!I am RUNNING out to get a copy for myself ;)
Next time I will join you! Have a wonderfull time...


Elinge said...

Hola Crazy Drile:

Que sitio tan interesante, me llamó la atención el suelo con imágenes de serpientes, la profunda Fe de la gente sencilla y que las cajas para las limosnas tengan los laterales acristalados mostrando al público el dinero introducido.

Cómo me gustaría que descubrieran la Trinidad de Dios...

Fuerte abrazo desde España.

¡Qué lindo poder viajar a través de tu blog!

Chica said...

Holaaaa, que heavy,encuentro demasiado increible el viaje y lo que muestras en las fotos, me imagino lo que es estar ahi!!

Que impresionante las imágenes del monje en el templo, y los elefantes!

Un tremendo beso para ti y para la Amy, saludos a la family Tahilandesa.

Te quiero!


★ Crazy Drile™ said...

Espectacular la musica y mejor aun escucharla y ver como la tocan en ninita que aparece en el capitulo Ayutthaya producia realmente magia con la guitarra tradicional thailandesa!!



★ Crazy Drile™ said...

Increible Franchesca! gracias por el cometario, no lo habia notado....

no es efecto de Photoshop, es la foto real, el efecto , creo, se debe a que la foto tiene movimiento pero es realmente increible

me alegro que pases por aca y disfrutes de mis viajes

un gran abrazo por Espana y mantente en contacto

Crazy Drile

★ Crazy Drile™ said...

Obrigado Foquinha! yeap, agree...I'm really Crazy, but this place it is more!... enjoy every chapter and try to travel next'lll need to do it


greetings in Brazil

Crazy Drile

★ Crazy Drile™ said...

eS INCREIBLE eLINGE, REALMENTE INCREIBLE, pese a que so profundamente Catolico, respeto mucho a los budistas y la filosofia Oriental... creo que finalmente apunta asia la misma direccion, pero con diferentes puntos de vista y tradiciones

Saludos a Espana!

sigue viajando y desscubriendo Asia conmigo

Crazy Drile

★ Crazy Drile™ said...

Es increible Chika, y estas fotos y capitulos son solo el comienzo...protamente se vienen capitulos de otro planeta y fotos increiblemente sensacionales....

gracias a Dios existe la camara fotografica y camara de video para poder inmortalizar el tiempo y las experiencias vividas

Un gran abrazo y saludos a los Kupfer's

Crazy Drile

★ Crazy Drile™ said...

....conoci a un bebe elefante de cuatro primaveras....oh si, jugando como si fuera gotita!

se vienen nuevos capitulos!

MK KWUN said...

Hello Ricardo and Amy

Ayutthaya is very nice place , and also good view in the center of Thailand.

The elephant or so call " Chang" in Thai is the mascot of Thailand .

We respect Chang as the old historical animal .


MK KWUN said...

You took the photo so good also include the history topic .
How nice !
Others can know well how is amazing Thailand !!!

On behalf of Thai

Andrea said...

Hola Primo!!! Estoy muy emocionada viendo todas las fotos y todo lo que han vivido... Es muy hermoso poder recorrer lugares completamente diferentes, culturas, experiencias, en fin... Que felicidad porder compartir este viaje con Amy y sobre todo poder estar en su mundo, conocer sus raíces... Esperamos que más pronto que tarde puedas venir a mostrarle tu "mundo" a Chile... Ella es muy dulce...
Sigan disfrutando y me transmites tu felicidad, lo cual me pone muy contenta...
besos para los dos

★ Crazy Drile™ said...

hey Pung!!!

Im reading your comment just now!

thanks a lot for write here, my honour!

Your Country it is amazing, very interesting and rich in culture and traditions... I love it!

keep in touch and thanks a lot for your warm hospitality

Crazy Drile

★ Crazy Drile™ said...

Hey primasa!

que bueno verte (o leerte) por aca!

Asia es increible, sobretodo Thailandia, me impresiono lo increible de su cultura y comida espectacular y los templos para no creerlo.... me alegro mucho poder trasmitir la felicidad a traves del blog.... no se me pierda

Un beso gigante


★ Crazy Drile™ said...

Hey primasa!

que bueno verte (o leerte) por aca!

Asia es increible, sobretodo Thailandia, me impresiono lo increible de su cultura y comida espectacular y los templos para no creerlo.... me alegro mucho poder trasmitir la felicidad a traves del blog.... no se me pierda

Un beso gigante