|Vrangler||Date: Sunday, 05.05.2019, 12:04 | Message # 1|
|Wat Yang. Spiritually, mentally and royally! ..|
To come to Pattaya does not mean to see Thailand. Tenacious chains of nightclubs with their seductive Asians can tighten into their arms so that the entire vacation and fly at the go-go-bar. The good guys go to heaven, the bad - to Pattaya - a famous saying that once again confirms the words with which this story began. But near Pattaya there are places where quiet, calm and peaceful, soulful and ... spiritually.
Truly royal gifts
And now, only half an hour from the "sinful resort" we will see Thailand, its religious shrines, the beauty of nature and peace. We start with the main attraction not only of Pattaya, but of the whole Kingdom - Khao Chi-chan. The high mountain on which the outline of a spiritual teacher of at least a billion people on our planet, Buddha Shakyamuni, the legendary founder of Buddhism, is traced in pure gold bars, and this teaching in Thailand is accepted as the state religion. On the steep slope, our gaze will be the largest image of the Buddha in the world, just gigantic - the height of this rock creation - 130 meters! Creating such a grand sights, they say, cost the country 3 million in terms of green prices at the end of 90's. And this is in those years when more than half of the population of Thailand lived below the poverty line. Who mastered to vbuhat a fortune in a rock picture?
And here we come to the most important aspect - the whole trip with an excursion "Wat Yang" from Seven Countries is an inspection of the gifts presented to the King of Thailand Rama IX in different years. Yes, all the objects in this territory were donated to the King to commemorate various dates - anniversaries and anniversaries from the date of accession to the throne. His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej - the monarch who longer in the history of mankind longer led anyone to the throne - for 70 years he was the king of Thailand and won the love and reverence of the people that he received from his subjects the title Great. Without exaggeration, Rama IX was revered as a half-god during his lifetime and remains so in the memory of every Thai and after his death in the 2016 year.
And the mountain of Khao Chi-chan with the image of Buddha meditating on a lotus was a gift from the son of the king, as well as the people of the country — money was donated by everyone who could do it. Finally, in 1996, the then crown prince named Mach, and now the king of Thailand, solemnly "handed" a precious gift to the monarch. It was the year of the half-century reign of Bhumibon Adulyadej.
Our path lies in the "abode of the gods" - so you can translate the name Viharna Sien - a three-story colorful Chinese-style temple, which was presented to the 60-jubilee by the Celestial King of Thailand for his participation in settling relations between the two countries. The Temple of Sino-Thai Friendship is full of rare antiquarian exhibits telling the story of both countries and is revered as one of the most significant shrines in terms of the number of valuable pieces of art stored in it.
At the entrance we are greeted by the main characters of Chinese Taoist legends - the Eight Immortals. The Taoists were looking for a way to achieve longevity and, finally, immortality, because these characters are the primary examples of these searches. Each of them - one of the sides of our life - old age and youth, poverty and wealth, nobility and naive simplicity ... The plot of this magnificent exposition of sculptures tells how the heroes of the Chinese epic easily cross the ocean - they are immortal. After a cheerful feast with the mistress of the West, they fearlessly set off on a long journey to visit the Queen of the East.
We proceed to the granite Peking lions, keeping vigil at the entrance to the temple itself. As it should be, we part our ways and find ourselves in a spacious room with high arches, the halls of which are filled with ancient artifacts.
The Great Wall of China, this grandiose fortification known to the world, recreated in miniature, occupies part of the first floor of the temple. Then we will quietly make our way to the Rama IX museum room with carved furniture and other items of the interior of the great monarch. And here is a reduced copy of the Terracotta Army from the sculptures of thousands of clay warriors, which were sculpted by tens of thousands of masters on the orders of the main person in the history of China, Emperor Qin Shi Huang, to protect his tomb. The great ruler, who lived in 200-s BC, conquered scattered kingdoms, uniting them into a centralized empire. The full-armed clay army, in the mind of the emperor, was to be reborn with him. The most interesting thing is that next to the layout of the troops, you can see the originals - sculptures of two soldiers found during excavations of a tomb, lasting for decades. These are priceless exhibits presented to Thailand by China. And, of course - dragons, dragons, dragons everywhere, revered in Chinese culture as a symbol of the good beginning of yang, this is only in Europe, the dragon is perceived as something intimidating.
The sculptures of the gods of the mythology of China and the heroes of the national epic are represented by a multitude of bronze and copper sculptures throughout the hall. A separate space is reserved for the most important character of Buddhist mythology - the compassionate savior of the Goddess Kuan Yin. Parishioners believe that she, the embodiment of mercy, is able to fulfill the request of all the suffering and those who ask. It is said that even the sword of the executioner will be powerless if the condemned man is to ask Quan Yin from the depths of his heart for clemency. In gratitude for the help, Kuan Yin is endowed with a string of pearls. And if the goddess helps - judge for yourself, looking at hundreds of pearl necklaces around the room at the feet of sculptures of a respected deity.
The rite of healing and purification
From the second floor of the Abode of the Gods a view of the surroundings opens, and we can see a stupa standing on the top of a high hill. From there, the view will be even more wonderful. So, we go here - Phra Mondop - to overcome about three hundred steps to the top. There is a footprint of Buddha’s footprint as a reminder to followers that the Teacher lived on earth, and came here wanting to help people get out of the cycle of eternal suffering and rebirth - the wheels of Sansara, the basis of understanding the world order in Buddhism. Climbing to the summit is necessary not only for curiosity's sake - Buddhists believe that with each step, the one who is going is throwing off the burden of “bad karma”, getting rid of all the dirt that has accumulated.
Those who dared to climb to the top will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the surroundings from a height of 33 meters and an opportunity to make a wish that should come true if you hit the bell. This building was a gift to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit in 1984.
Walk around Wat Yana
We continue to look for gifts to the king and go to the largest and most important temple and Buddhist monastery in southern Thailand.
Wat Yang is the abbreviation of the name of the temple complex, which is difficult to pronounce even by the Thais themselves - Wat Yansangwararam. And what kind of Yansang ... well, you understand that? But who is this: he lived and was a revered Buddhist, the Supreme Patriarch of the religious community of Thailand, Somdet Phra Yanasangvon. And this temple complex was built as its residence and meditation training center. And the word added to the patriarch’s surname, Vararam, cannot be translated, it accompanies the names of some Thai temples. Here you and Yannasangvararam.
Our acquaintance with Buddhism continues on the territory of the temple complex with an incredible landscape design. A great place for a measured walk among the temples, built in a variety of styles. Here you can and should enjoy the views and photos.
The most beautiful and tallest building is a kind of replica of the Mahabodhi Pagoda in the Indian city of Bodhgaya, which became an object of pilgrimage because it was built on the very place where Prince Siddhartha Gautama reached enlightenment more than two thousand years ago and became a Buddha.
We are waiting for the Wax Museum of enlightened monks, who are made so realistic that it seems as though they are moving and talking. Among them is the same Patriarch Somdet Janasangvorn, whose life lasted 100 years and 21 day.
On the way to the majestic Bodhgaya temple, one cannot help stopping by the lake with huge lotuses to take beautiful pictures and see with your own eyes what the Bodhi tree looks like, once hid Sidharth Gautam, a meditator and seeker of enlightenment, with his shadow.
Oh yeah, all these beautiful places - again, a gift to the Great King. Work on the construction of the main part in a strange way was delayed, but the end of them coincided with the 30 anniversary of finding the king on the throne, it was the 1976 year. The Thais considered it a sign from above and presented this generous gift to Rama IX. For this reason, many efforts were directed to the construction and painstaking work was carried out to ensure that the monastery was absolutely magnificent, flawless, elegant and complemented the greatness of the Thai monarchy.
On a visit to the village!
Our final destination in the environs around Pattaya has nothing to do with royal gifts - this is the Moo Baan Chon Pao tribe village, which became famous for its so-called “long-necked women” from the ancient Karen tribe. Their neck is surrounded by a peculiar ornament - a metal spiral, and the guide will tell about the roots of the ancient tradition. These and other nationalities once fled to Thai land from military conflicts with the government of neighboring Myanmar. We will observe the way of life of various small tribes, take a photo, put rings on our necks and circle them in incendiary ethnic dance with elegant local beauties!
Only half a day, and so many impressions, information, bright photographs and excellent mood! We are leaving for Pattaya, for what it is - a screaming and riotous, beautiful evening in her arms is still ahead!
|IrinaRoma||Date: Wednesday, 19.06.2019, 13:51 | Message # 2|
Yesterday (18 June) we visited the tour "Evening Wat Yang" with the whole family. Our guide was named Ruslan.
First we went to the village of long-necked women and black-toothed. There we watched them, sfotalis! And they could even touch a heavy frame of hoops that women of the tribe wear around their necks.
The beautiful complex itself has a large area in which beautiful buildings of different orientations are located, as well as houses where the monks themselves live.
We really liked the lotus lake, did not think that it is so big!
But the main impression is the 300 steps, which need to pass without stopping! Of course, we went up, but it was not easy.
The mountain on which the Buddha is laid out of gold impresses with its beauty and scale! I can not believe that it was created by man!
In the wax museum is difficult to distinguish from real people!
The final stage is a visit to the vineyards, where you can taste real grape juice and buy wines!
Real little Italy in Thailand!
All the way, our guide very interestingly told about the history of Thailand, we learned a lot of new things! We all recommend this tour! Thank!