Songkhla Trip: Wat Phranon Laem Pho


11:30 1/09/2012 Clouds concealing the mighty sun, cold wind blows, just a perfect weather exploring Songkhla, Southern province in Thailand. It’s our second day in Hatyai-Songkhla Trip last year when our driver/tour guide brought us to the places least we expect to visit. One of them is the Wat Phranon Laem Pho in Ko Yo Mueang Songkhla Thailand. We don’t have any idea why we had detour  on our way to Songkhla. We caught by a surprise when a massive golden reclining buddha welcomed us.

 

We had already seen a gigantic Standing Buddha during our visit in Hatyai Municipal Park. One in Wat Phranon Laem Pho is something extra-ordinary as it depicts a sleeping buddha. It’s our very first time to see a big reclining or sleeping buddha in our life.

 


In Buddhism it depicts Gautama Buddha attaining final nirvana or “perfect stillness”. It also symbolizes liberation, eternal bliss, rebirth and calm joy. 

 
More or less the length in size is about 20 meters and 5 meters tall (just our approximation). We are both overwhelm just looking on this behemoth masterpiece in Ko Yo Mueang Songkhla. We’re wondering how they able to preserve such beauty as this big monument is exposed to different elements of nature.

 


Aside from the reclining,  a sitting and standing buddhas were also present in this temple. There comes in different form and sizes. A Golden Stupas and Shrines are also near these Buddhist statues. We saw locals citing some prayers on these colorful shrines.

 

Our tour guide politely reminded us, it’s time to leave but he didn’t turn as down as he whispered to us “another big reclining buddha in Hatyai later”. Our eyes glowed with amazement upon hearing what he just said. Another Reclining Buddha explored on the succeeding entry.



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