Photos by MJ Klein & Hui-chen
Now that we’re back in Taiwan we can get back to regular posting. Internet connections in northeastern Thailand are what nightmares are made of. It took me literally all day to upload some photos to use in this blog post. I didn’t dare try to actually publish another post from there. The last time I did publish something from Thailand I had to start over once my connection droppped out and never returned – which is exactly why I’m not a big fan of offloading my local tasks to online services – you can’t use what you can’t connect to.
The old name for the temple is Wat Ban Na Muang (still called that on Google maps). The new name is Wat Sa Prasan Suk and while the outside was breathtaking, I had no idea was was in store for us on the inside.
There are too many photos to show you here, so you should visit our flickr album and view the rest of them.
Brunty explained to us that these are gods that correspond to the days of the week. We didn’t know why there were 8 of them though. This photo was taken near the entrance to the inside of the temple.
A turn to the left and we see the main part of the hall, with the imposing columns.
This is a lifelike figure of the abbot, Achan Bun Mi who died 3 years ago at the age of 95. But this is not the “abbot in a glass case” although it is a glass case.
You really should read Brunty’s article about this temple. I was there and yet I still learned a lot from his article.
This is the jade Buddha that Brunty mentioned. This end of the temple features some very impressive artifacts.
I think this is probably the largest Buddha that we’ve seen yet. That’s Hui-chen standing in front for reference.
Compare this shot to the previous one and you’ll see how much bigger the sitting Buddha really is. We thought the reclining Buddha was big! (Shot taken in October, 2005).
This display of wreaths and flowers are presented to respect the deceased abbot, Achan Bun Mi.
I found this scene quite sad. Abbot Achan Bun Mi died 3 years ago and they are keeping his body in state in this glass case until his tomb is ready.
This is his tomb currently under construction. Once completed, the abbot will be creamated and buried there.
I want to thank Brunty again for taking us around Ubon and showing us a great time. Brunty was our personal taxi for several days, making himself totally at our service for the duration of our stay. We truly appreciate that, Brunty!
I made a video of our trip to Ubon, featuring this temple. Please take a look to get the feel of what it was like to be there in person.