Monday, July 13, 2009
Buddha Statue Garden
Here are more pictures of a small, area wise, garden near the Wang Kan Luang Arboretum and waterfall in Lopburi Province, Chaibadan District สวนรุขชาติน้ำตกวังก้านเหลือง. When we first got out of the truck and started walking towards the hiking trail to the waterfall, the path was filled on both sides with people selling chicken, grilled vegetables and fruit and all sorts of drinks. You have to pass through these kinds of little shanty-type sales alleys at nearly every tourist attraction you find in Thailand...amazingly enough, even more so when it is a place visited mostly by Thais and not so much by "farangs", the mostly loving term here for westerners.After getting through the chicken leg hocking gauntlet, a 75 meter long path let us to the opening to the waterfall trail. Along the path were the monkey statues mentioned earlier this week. The coolest thing was that behind the monkeys were several giant golden Buddha statues, each of them depicting a different story in the life of Buddha.There was a seated Buddha teaching his disciples. Next was the Buddha receiving offerings from the elephant and the monkey.Then there was one I saw for the first time here in Thailand, a Buddha sitting on a dragon. But he wasn't sitting on the dragon in a forward position, the dragon was kinda heading the opposite direction.Guess I need to figure out the significance of this pose...when I do, I'll be sure to share! There were several others that I didn't get to as our group was already headed to the waterfall.Hope you like the pictures.