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Ray's Thai Tours #2

Near Korat City, about halfway between Bangkok and our house, we pass this extremely elaborate Shrine to Thai Buddhist monks. If you are looking for a scaling object, you can find an adult person in a yellow shirt, bottom left. 

 

Although unfinished, this main building is already an astonishing place...under the main spire is a huge, gold-plated statue of Thailand's most famous monk. 

 

Monk

 

Thai Monk

 

This is a private Shrine, and is being built by a famous Thai TV Star who has, not coincidently, made a justified name for himself by playing strong, principalled Buddhist monks in numerous films and TV serials.

Ray's Thai Tours #2

Near Korat City, about halfway between Bangkok and our house, we pass this extremely elaborate Shrine to Thai Buddhist monks. If you are looking for a scaling object, you can find an adult person in a yellow shirt, bottom left. 

 

Although unfinished, this main building is already an astonishing place...under the main spire is a huge, gold-plated statue of Thailand's most famous monk. 

 

Monk

 

Thai Monk

 

This is a private Shrine, and is being built by a famous Thai TV Star who has, not coincidently, made a justified name for himself by playing strong, principalled Buddhist monks in numerous films and TV serials.

comments (15)

Remarkable! I'm struck by the money spent on these shrines - where does it come from?
Ray: There are not many shrines as big and ornate as this one, Elizabeth. This one is a privately owned place, and the funding of it came from the rich&famous TV Star. He continues to fund it, but some money also comes from donations offered by visitors. His reason for being so generous comes from the Thai/Buddhist way of making merit
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Aug 2017, 05:03
This is almost mind blowing that big and so much gold inside. The famous TV star must earn lot of money... For me this is kind of two worlds. The monks beg for food but have enough money for these temples....I have the same question as Elizabeth, where does the money come from?
Ray: There are not many shrines as big and ornate as this one, Astrid. This one is a privately owned place, and the funding of it came from the rich&famous TV Star. He continues to fund it, but some money also comes from donations offered by visitors. His reason for being so generous comes from the Thai/Buddhist way of making merit
Ray: Although there are numerous rules pertaining to being a monk, Ginnie, the practice is an individual thing and so the life of monks can be quite different even inside a single monastery.

In Thailand, all Buddhist temples are also monasteries, which means there are monks living there. Most up-country temples have only 5-10 monks, and their lives tend to be heavily influenced by the behaviours and practices of the senior monk [Abbot] there.

I am not sure what a fully fledged monk is, as it is my understanding that monks live a lifetime of challenges and learning.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 9 Aug 2017, 06:19
It looks as large as a European Cathedral, Ray. Most of the ancient Cathedrals in England were Abbeys and would have had their quota of monks, ie pre-Reformation
Ray: I think you have the scale about right, Lisl.

This is a privately owned Shrine...not a temple...and no monks live here. Many people do, though, go there to burn incense and candles to honour Thailand's monks.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 9 Aug 2017, 06:34
So he's done this with his dosh heh! I guess he's hoping for an express gateway to the hereafter.

But what a place!
Ray: Making Merit is about being a good person, Chris, but the side-benefit is certainly that people who are good in this life are believed to get to the front of the queue when good next lives are being handed out.

It is an exceptional Shrine, and it has a beautiful garden!
Magnifique Palais à  l'architecture extraordinaire ...
Impressionnante sculpture ..
Merci Ray
Ray: C'est un magnifique bâtiment, Claudine, et un plaisir de visiter.
Magnifique bâtiment. La statue est très belle et énorme.
Ray: C'est un bâtiment magnifique, Martine, et la statue du moine est certainement impressionnante.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Aug 2017, 07:48
Oh, what a grandious Shrine - with a giant of Buddha!
Ray: It is a lovely place to visit, Philine, and has exceptional gardens around the building. The statue of the monk is large and awesome.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Aug 2017, 08:05
That is very impressive; it just shows with what can do with a few dollars ..and a few dollars more.
Ray: The main man is possibly Thailand's best known and admired TV Stars, Alan...he is certainly putting a lot of his accumulated wealth into this place, and the large number of visitors to it suggest it is much admired.
Stunning!!!
Ray: It is that, Bill.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 9 Aug 2017, 11:20
Interesting to note the sharpness of this style of architecture compared to other styles in the world Ray.
Ray: Lots of spiky bits up there on the roof, Chad.
I wonder if this is all real goldleaf. It is certainly stunning and well done.
Ray: The statue of the monk is covered in real gold, Mary, but I don't know how thick the skin is.
It is a beautiful building Ray. No doubt it will have cost a lot even to get to this stage of construction.
Ray: This is the main building, Brian, but there are several others that are a bit smaller...and the whole place is a beautiful garden. I cannot estimate the cost of it.
Stunning! That's a very unusual version of the Buddha - I don't think I've ever seen that hand gesture (mudrea, is it?) before.
Ray: Not the Buddha, Tom...this is a Shrine to Thailand's monks, and the statue is of the most famous monk.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Aug 2017, 23:22
A very impressive building - in size and style. The statue looks a lot different from those currently on show by Ayush, bringing home the point of how the Buddha image varies with different cultures.
Ray: I agree your point about the variation in depictions of the Buddha, Louis, and the fine series Ayush is currently showing.

However, on this occasion, I am showing a picture of a statue of a Buddhist monk...this Shrine is recognising the monks rather than the Buddha.

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