The decorative stucco reliefs are fascinating masterpieces! Testimony to the province's fame for artisans skiled in making stucco reliefs.
These masterpieces dazzles in the sunlight, accentuating the reliefs which adorns the upper part of the buildings. Modern montrosities like aluminim awnings, ceiling-to-floor glass panels shaded with full length green curtains, cables, electircal wiring, make-shift canvas-roofed sheds that has become a permanent feature - shatters the classic beauty which would otherwise have entralled even dieties!
In the courtyard, fronted by a well-kept lawn, stands an imposing European building with Thai arches accentuating windows and entrances. Simply remarkable. Again, no signage in English, so I can't make out the history or the function of this chic building. Sad.
There was a small Chedi structure featuring gold plated Buddhas in sitting and standing positions around its side. There seems to be a Sri Lankan influence, to me. I may be wrong.
The white, 5-spired brick prang towers majestically above all. It is said to house relics of the Lord Buddha. Its architecture is remiscent of Kymer influence.
This is a prized oasis of history and culture. Tourists and Thais alike can appreciate the attraction more if proper signages and building control measures were in place. The alternative would be the slow and definite deterioration of all that is magnificent and beautiful. If only the authorities realise that gems like these are irreplaceable.
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