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Ray's Thai Tours #6

The Province of Surin is almost completely flat, but there is one Granite outcrop about mid-way between Surin City and Prasat City, about 30 minutes drive from our house.

 

On top of the hill is a giant, white, concrete Buddha statue and, on the steps leading up to the top, there is an installation of 1080 Bronze Bells...probably the largest collection in Thailand. Visitors are encouraged to coax a "dong" out of each bell, using the commemorative wooden hammers that are sold at the bottom of the steps, on the way up and down, and the sound is very pleasant. Naomi is a musician, so I hoped she would enjoy this installation, and it seemed to be so.

 

 1080 bells

 

Big White Budda

Ray's Thai Tours #6

The Province of Surin is almost completely flat, but there is one Granite outcrop about mid-way between Surin City and Prasat City, about 30 minutes drive from our house.

 

On top of the hill is a giant, white, concrete Buddha statue and, on the steps leading up to the top, there is an installation of 1080 Bronze Bells...probably the largest collection in Thailand. Visitors are encouraged to coax a "dong" out of each bell, using the commemorative wooden hammers that are sold at the bottom of the steps, on the way up and down, and the sound is very pleasant. Naomi is a musician, so I hoped she would enjoy this installation, and it seemed to be so.

 

 1080 bells

 

Big White Budda

comments (14)

The bells are so beautifully decorated... a great idea to have folks play them.
Ray: It is good fun, Larry...you can attempt tunes, play duets, sing along...
  • Martine
  • France
  • 13 Aug 2017, 07:06
Cet escalier paraît interminable. Il est magnifique avec toutes ces cloches sculptées.
Ray: La collection de cloches est merveilleuse, et rend le long escalier bien amusé, Martine.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Aug 2017, 07:20
I can only assume that there are no neighbours living within earshot. I'm sure Naomi's rendition was much more melodious.
Ray: It is inside a Forest Park, Alan, so no-one is living close by except monks at their temple about 1 kilometre through the trees. Naomi to play with the bells a bit, and tried to coax a tune out of them.
  • Chris
  • No Nowhere
  • 13 Aug 2017, 07:34
Superb looking dongs, or rather bells, aren't they Ray..
Ray: They are good-looking things as danglers go, Chris, and there are 1080 of them dangling here.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Aug 2017, 07:44
I would be encouraged to coax a 'dong' out of each bell, too, wonderful bells!
Ray: Visitors are encouraged to strike the bells with the rather pleasing wooden hammers that can be bought cheaply at the kiosk and later taken away as souvenirs. It is fun and, if you feel so inclined, you can offer a little prayer for Peace, Good Health or Good Fortune to accompany your music as you go.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Aug 2017, 07:46
Naomi is Na?
Ray: Naomi is the partner of my eldest Australian son, Ben...Ben and Naomi visited us for a week, and this series is showing you where we went and what we did during that time.
We have seen these before and I am glad to learn the new fact about it being on the only hill in the area.
Ray: We live on a vast plateau, called Korat Plateau...it is about 200metres above sea-level and is almost billiard-table flat.
The thias certainly done thinsg on a big scale when building places like this.
Ray: Size does seem to matter to the Thais, Brian.
Beautiful cast bells Ray.
Ray: It is a wonderful collection, Bill, and I am delighted they have been set up in a way that encourages folks to beat them.
what a magnificent shrine with all 1080 bronze bells Ray... Naomi seems to be enjoying her climb up to the Buddha....petersmile
Ray: Oooops...sorry that I confused you, Peter...it is Na in the pics.

It is a wonderful place.
Quire a climb!
Ray: The diversion, provided by 1080 bells for bonging , takes one's mind off the climb, Tom.
I believe you've shown this before? It's so wonderful! I would like to "dong" those bells - I imagine the sound is wonderful!! I love all three shots here, Ray!
Ray: I have shown this place previously, Elizabeth, but wanted to include it in my sample itinerary for you/Frank.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Aug 2017, 06:30
This is very impressive and yes I would buy a wooden hammer to hit all the bells going up and down... Those bells are something else.... and that the reward that big statue.
What a trip.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 14 Aug 2017, 08:46
That must have been amazing to hear, Ray. Did you try, too?

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