17:35 01/09/2012 When our travel guide/driver blithely blab upon heading to the iconic site of Hat Yai. Our eyes glared with amusement. Where Where Where? we exclaimed in unison. He just answered with a smirk. Ayoo! This guy really knows exactly how to make people excited. We just recalled, earlier that morning he mention that he’ll bring us to one of spectacular and most visited place in Hatyai. Little did we know we’ll visit the Phra Phutta Hattha Mongkhon or commonly known as Wat Hat Yai Nai, one of the largest reclining buddha in the Thailand.
We almost jump out into our seat and commanded him to flew his car. He nod and sped off as if he owns the road, a daredevil. We reach Wat Hat Yai Nai in less than 15 minutes coming from Khlong Hae Floating Market ( ตลาดน้ำคลองแห ).
A massive multi roof tiers with intricate designs houses the mammoth sleeping buddha welcomed us in Wat Hat Yai Nai. It’s the main attraction of this well known buddha complex in Southern Thailand. It’s view from afar make it as perfect post card subject. A formidable sight and still we can’t believe that we’re in front in one of the largest reclining buddha in the world.
An unending appreciation of their distinctive construction style and culture. Everywhere we look at is a feast of architecture fondness. Red – orange spectrum of tiered roofs, designed with a hints of mythical creatures like Naga’s and Garuda.
Looking at the gable from a distance give us already a hint of how elaborately crafted it is. Inspecting and viewing it closer made us dumbfounded. Even the massive main pillars had some notable embellishment.
Undulating serpentine patterns evoking of a Naga and that blade like projection of Naga fins and feathers of Garuda sculpted on it’s roofs finials. And the main attraction of Phra Phutta Mongkhon aka Wat Hat Yai Nai was their magnificient 35 meters long, 15 meters tall and 10 meters wide reclining buddha.
It’s touted to be one of largest reclining buddha in the world. The current record holder, is the one in Myanmar. This is the second reclining buddha that we visited after Wat Phranon Laem Pho in Songkhla. This depiction of reclining buddha closely resembles of a human, contrary to the godly gold colored type ones.
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Upon gazing this colossal buddha, we noticed that his palm is not really supporting the head but merely brushing his ears. We thought whenever a believer said a request or prayer to him, he had an ear to listen and grant their desires.
We whisper our desires to Buddha and one of that was for safe travel back home. In which we believe had been granted as we able to reach KL still in tact. Speaking of desires, another one had been fulfilled after we visit third gargantuan reclining buddha in which we’ll be sharing on the succeeding post.
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