Thonbury Wats

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Wingfield73
Chiang Mai, Thailand828 contributions
Thonbury Wats - Three engaging views of Thai piety
May 2013 • Friends
Wat Khun Chan Waramattaya, Wat Absorn Sawan and Wat Pak Nam.

The trip out to visit these wats has been made far easier by the extention to the Skytrain - and the trek is well worth it and the three temples are interconnected. The friendliness of the many faithful was never absent.

The first Wat, Khun Chan Waramattaya, may seem slightly reminiscent of Tiger Balm Gardens and a sense of fun and a simpliciyy of belief are ever present in the many brightly painted figures from both Thai and Buddhist folklore. After this first visit, take the lane to the left of the temple leading to a bridge over the klong where the carp crowd the canal waiting for bread both from the faithful or the merely curious.

This bridge leads directly to the second temple, Wat Absorn Sawan, which could not be more different with its calm and contemplative atmosphere. This is an oasis of peace, only disturbed by the quietly broadcast sermons of the monks. A series of small alleys leads Wat Pak Nam.

Once again this temple gives a very different, but equally true vision of Thai Buddhism. The immediate large entry is remarkable for the ally of huge polished tree trunks supporting the roof with the different religious functions taking place on either side. Two of the halls, one on the ground floor, the other on the first floor provide welcome and relaxing places to sit and take in the atmosphere. Going through the entire temple complex leads to a new, sparkling whit stupa and there is lift to the main interior floor. Although the focal point of the vast room is a statue of the Lord Buddha, the decoration is a remarkable tribute to modern Thai art with paintings of the highest quality. Both monks and visitors circle slowly around the Buddha, providing yet more evidence of the vitality of Buddhism for both Thais and farangs. At the end of the complex is a quiet garden giving onto the klongs where again the carp impatiently await thier meals.

It would be wise to set aside a couple of hours to vist these temples and to take a camera to record an unforgettable experience.
Written February 17, 2014
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