Hiking in the Cinque Terre

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wat Rai Khing

I rode out with Kade's family to a temple complex famous to Thais, but enough off the beaten path that tourists and even expats living in Thailand would not necessarily visit.  According to legend, the Buddha in the main temple was discovered submerged in a river, and was removed by locals and placed in this temple (Wat Rai Khing).  It's one of the most highly revered Buddha images in Thailand.  Also, this temple has a fish sanctuary, and in several ponds they have large, colorful fish you can feed.  And from the riverbank, you can feed enormous catfish (some white) weighing as much as twenty pounds (10 kilos).  Once we got finished at the temple, we went to a nearby floating market for lunch.  

I just enjoy the fact that you don't have to be a Buddhist to have access to the temples.  (Buddhism is actually more of a philosophy or science than a religion anyway)  I do find the temples intriguing on many levels - culturally, socially and historically.  And the best part is perhaps the design and architectural beauty that makes them other-worldly.

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