The Half Buried Buddha

Wat Phra Thong in Phuket

Wat Phra Thong in Phuket is a popular attraction for both local residents who come to pray and tourists who visit to see a large Buddha statue which only shows its upper half as if it was emerging from the ground. There are several myths about the Buddha statue, been told in several styles, but all contains one main concept that no one could ever dig up this Buddha statue so people gave up, restored it as it is today, and named the statue Luang Po Phra Phut (“Buddha that emerges from the ground”).

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Wat Nong Bua

Wat Nong Bua

Wat Nong Bua in Tha Wang Pha district of Nan Province was built in 1862 during the reign of King Rama V. It was built by Tai Lue craftsmen who had migrated here from Southern China. Inside the temple there are wall murals that were believed to have been painted more than one hundred years ago. Their artistic value and degree of perfection equal those at the more famous Wat Phumin.

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Sticky Rice Alms Round in Chiang Khan

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The small town of Chiang Khan sits alongside the Maekhong River in Loei Province. Many of the local people are descended from Lao people who migrated here from Luang Prabang. One of the traditions they brought with them was offering sticky rice to monks during their morning alms rounds.

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Cool Season Robes for the Emerald Buddha

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His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn changed the Emerald Buddha’s robes from summer to cool season attire at the main hall of the Emerald Buddha Temple yesterday. The Emerald Buddha wears a robe that is changed three times a year. A diamond encrusted golden robe is worn by the Buddha image during the hot season. A golden robe is worn by the Buddha image during the cold season. A gilded monk’s robe is worn by the image during the rainy season.

Monks Collecting Alms by Boat Festival in Lat Krabang

Merit Making by Boat

The end of the Buddhist Rains Retreat takes place on the full moon in October. For three months, the monks have to stay within their temple. They cannot disrobe or move to another temple. The original idea was to stop monks stepping on and killing plants and insects during the rainy season. This period is sometimes called Buddhist Lent in English as lay people make an effort to give up things such as meat, alcohol, or smoking.

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Supreme Patriarch Dies at 100

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The nation and the entire Buddhist community are mourning the loss of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera, who died at Chulalongkorn Hospital on the evening of Thursday 24th October 2013. He was 100 years old. His Holiness had been ill since 20th February 2002, when he was admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital.

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