The above is a picture on my wife’s Buddha shrine located in our living room. It is hung high on the wall because by tradition it must be above head height.
It is customary for food and drink to be left for the Buddha image and this is changed frequently along with the flowers. My wife does this around twice a week
There are probably as many Buddha images in Thailand as there are people. As Thailand’s population is 60 million, this makes for a lot of Buddha’s: rare is the day when you don’t see one. Usually their effect on you is exactly what their creators must have intended. Regarding the Buddha’s shapely body and serene pose, his Mona Lisa-like smile, and his slightly sleepy eyes, you are transported temporarily to the outskirts of Nirvana, the place where no wind blows.
Imagine, then, the effect of regarding the largest Buddha image in the world, located just outside of Pattaya, Thailand.
Unlike most Buddha images, the largest is not a statue, but a cliff face inlaid with gold leaf in the outline of a sitting, Sukhothai-era Buddha. It is 130 meters tall, 70 meters wide, and can be seen from miles away. The image and mountain are alternately referred to as “Buddha Mountain”, Khao Chee Chan, or “Phra Phuttha Maha Vachira Utta Mopas Sasada”.
This is really something to see and should be on everyone’s list when visiting the Pattaya area.
This is one of the most impressive temples that I have visited during my time in Thailand. It’s located around35 Km’s from Bangkok going towards Chon Buri., so very easy to get to down the main highway.
Chachoengsao or Paet Rio is a province in the Central region. It has an old history back to the reign of King Borommatrailokkanat in the Ayutthaya period. Most of the people have settled by the Bang Pakong River and along canals. “Luangpho Phuttha Sothon” is a center of faith of the people of Paet Rio. In the past, Chachoengsao was a fourth class city under the Ministry of Defence. During the reign of King Rama I, it was attached to the Ministry of Interior. Until the reign of King Rama V who changed the administration system, Chachoengsao became a city in the Prachin Buri Circle. In 1916, its status was changed from a city to a province. “Chacheongsao” is a Khmer word which means a deep canal. The name “Paet Rio” comes from the story that the city once teemed with giant snake-head fish; up to 8 cuts were required on the sides in making sun-dried fish.
I watched a monster fish documentary on the Discovery channel and it appears that Bang Pakong river is home to huge fresh water sting rays weighing in at a 100 Kg’s plus. I think that I will give the swimming a miss this time.