PART 3: Back on the road - South East Asia.
Route Map Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand » October 01, 2010
After the first small temple I continued my Nakhon Si Thammarat walking tour. The city used to be have walls and a gate, and there are sme ruins of it to see today. It's on the way to Wat Phra Mahathat, and along the main street.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. The ruins on the right, and above the road, the usual display of the Kings photos. The photos of the King and Queen seems to pop up everywhere. You can see him at young age and now older. I have seen many people having his photos in their houses and places of business, so I think he must be quite popular.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. Detail of the old city wall.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. There is a park close by with more ruins in the background. I think the wall is partially real and reconstructed in a big part.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. I am excited about the temple. With another look back at the wall area, I am back to walking.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. And yet another surprise - another temple! ha ha Nakhon Si Thammarat has many small temples. I don't want to see them all, but I sw people entering this one and heard some chanting. Pretty tempted, I have to explore it.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. First the little shack to the right.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. A look inside and a pleasant surprise. Two life like statues of meditating monks. I recognize the faces, they are quite common to see on posters, drawings, litte good luck charm amulets and photos. They must be one of the pillars of Thai Buddhism.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. Another angle. I like this one, this photo will make a good postcard. A photo for a book.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. The mythical Buddha and his follower. It reminds me of the days when I was meditating and practicing Kyokushin Karate. For years I wanted to be a monk, live in a forest on a mountain. I gave up on that dream, but I have been practicing meditation all my life, in a bit different way than sitting and living at a temple. Buddhism is about recognizing the basics and connecting the dots with hopes of grasping the bigger picture. Medittion can be practiced anytime and anywhere, as long as the mind and eyes are kept open, and sometimes the mouth shut. I'd say it's process of observing and learning.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. The statues are real-like, and from up close it feels like looking them in the eye, feeling their presence.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. After taking the photos time to check out the main temple building. There is a monk sitting inside and talking to someone, people go in and I hear their chanting. It should be interesting.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. The entrance.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. Inside there are young boys sitting and chanting with the older monk. many Thai boys go to temples for a few years when young. Some leave and start normal lives, some stay. Thais have great respect for monks.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. There are many dogs in Thailand. They are accepted and tolerated. Many dogs hang around temples. I guess they always get a treat there. These are stray dogs, many covered with scars, and skin sickness. Some pretty unpleasant to look at.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. I left this temple and went back on the road. There was this building on the right, a part of some government place.
Photo: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. The same place. It's nice to see such cultured accents here, simply on the street.
Now a bit more and I will get to Wat Phra Mahathat. I can already see it bigger. It's getting closer.
Continued on the next page.
My life has always been about freedom and I shall continue to walk this path.
Safe travels ! ........... Stan
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