Resting Buddha

Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Wed 11 Jan 2017 23:27
Wat Suwannakuha
 
 
 
 
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We were picked up at ten thirty (red arrow) and joined three other couples in a comfortable minibus. Today we were going to be standard tourists on a day out. Soon on the main road we headed over the road bridge into Thailand and an hour later hopped out at Wat Suwannakuha (spelt many different ways).
 
 
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The tourists are encouraged to buy bananas and corn for the numerous residents. I liked this mum and baby.
 
 
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This cheeky so-and-so ran at a newbie at full height, grabbed the bag held by the now very nervous man and helped himself.
 
 
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We walk through many stalls selling similar tourist tat that we have seen in the supermarkets and head for the cave. The boys pose at the entrance.
 
 
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Information at the entrance.
 
 
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Inside left and right.
 
 
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This large Chedi contains bones of the Na Takuathung family who were local governors over 160 years ago, they arranged the construction of the shrine in the cave.
 
 
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Further in on the left, plastic religious ‘stuff’ and prophesies for money – funny how the entire population only have a dozen outcomes.......
 
 
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Alex and Bear in front of the resting Buddha.
 
 
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A side altar and then we went up and out at the back of this cave.
 
 
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We found ourselves under a huge overhang – nearly missed the Hermit.
 
 
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We enter the ‘dark cave’, clamber to the top and look down.
 
 
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We look at the formations on the way down and I get the boys to pose by a Saracens Head.
 
 
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Out into the sunshine, we see the Royal Seals on the entrance wall and their explanations.
 
 
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I went off to take a closer look at the Hermit while Bear engaged in conversation with a sad little chap. Eventually he showed Bear his injured arm. A nasty, deep gash.
 
 
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One final look in the cave and off we went to the awaiting minibus.
 
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL AN UNUSUAL PLACE TO FIND BUDDHA RESTING
                     AN AMAZING WOW