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Songkran Holiday in Ubon Ratchathani(1)

Wat Nong Bua

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This year I had yet another opportunity to celebrate Songkran festival in Ubon Ratchathani albeit a quiet holiday just like last year but was rather a meaningful celebration with an extended Thai family. The first day of Songkran holiday was kicked off visiting some of the famous Thai temples around Ubon which drew much visitors from the locals as well as from other provinces and foreign tourists. Though I had visited these temples before during my past visits, its good to have yet another chance to revisit again to see the changes that had taken place on these temples after several years of absence. The most distinctive changes that could be seen was the repainting of Wat Nong Bua, a pyramid look alike chedi which was constructed based on the Mahabodhi temple in India. The exterior colour of the chedi were in white and gold painted on the wall of the chedi. The chedi has a squared short wall being constructed around it as a boundary as well as a large concourse area surrounded the main chedi. There were also 4 other smaller chedis on each edge of the boundary wall of Wat Nong Bua. Inside the main chedi, there was another golden chedi built and placed in the middle of the main chedi building with 4 golden Buddha statues on each side of the pyramid look alike golden chedi. What was distinctive about this chedi was that if one could lift a small elephant statue made from iron with the little finger, your wishes would be able to come true. Whether this is true or otherwise is subject to whether one believes it or otherwise. The were 4 doors on the main chedi with each door being carved with skilful thai artwork. The upper wall above each door also being decorated with great skill artwork. There is an ubosot (praying hall) located behind the chedi.

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The main chedi of Wat Nong Bua

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Side view of the main chedi of Wat Nong Bua

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The concourse area surrounded the main chedi and the smaller chedi on the edge of the boundary wall

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One of the entrance door of the main chedi of Wat Nong Bua

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The golden chedi and the golden Buddha statue inside the main chedi of Wat Nong Bua

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Another view of the golden chedi and golden Buddha statue interior of Wat Nong Bua

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The ceiling of chedi Wat Nong Bua and the structures built on it together with great artwork decorations

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The door and the wall decorations at chedi of Wat Nong Bua

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The iron elephant in which if you could lift it with your little finger, all you wishes would come true

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The ubosot at Wat Nong Bua

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Inside the ubosot of Wat Nong Bua with a huge golden Buddha statue

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The beautiful chedi of Wat Nong Bua from afar

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The ceiling and the interior golden chedi of Wat Nong Bua

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One of the door with artwork crafting inside Wat Nong Bua

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The interior wall decoration of chedi Wat Nong Bua

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A close view of main chedi Wat Nong Bua

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Another concoure area view at chedi Wat Nong Bua

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Another interior wall decoration seen inside chedi Wat Nong Bua

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The main chedi at Wat Nong Bua

Posted by kidd27 12:15 Archived in Thailand

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