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Songkran Holiday in Ubon Ratchathani (2)

Wat Thung Si Muang

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Songkran holiday is one of the most important celebration throughout Thailand and the Thais together with foreign tourists would get into the festive celebration by indulging in water splashing and water shooting in embracing the new year. Other than these water fights activities, the Thai new year was also celebrated by returning home to visit parents and loved ones in their native provinces and also paying homage in various temples across the country. The most beautiful wat or temple in Ubon Ratchathani at this time from my point of view would be the Wat Nong Bua due to its distinctive architecture design of the white and golden pyramid like chedi which could not be found anywhere else in Thailand. Another special feature of Wat Nong Bua is that the chedi was constructed in front of the ubosot in which is different from other Thai temples where the position of chedi is on the opposite direction. Another must visit temple while in Ubon is the Wat Thung Si Muang.

What being distinctive about Wat Thung Si Muang is that this temple has a wooden home-like structure built within the main temple's ubosot and has a small pond that surrounded this home structure. This wooden home-like structure is actually the temple's library. In the middle of the wooden house library, there is a square size room in which a multi-storey shelf and a small cupboard was placed inside with some religious items kept on the shelf and cupboard. This squared room also has a small open window on its side and the wall of the squared room also with artwork paintings seen on it. Some other educational items were also placed on the upper wall of this wooden home library. When you entered the wooden library, you can walk along the corridor surrounding the square room. As you walked, you would come across the several large windows in which the pond surrounding the wooden structure can be seen. The reason why this wooden structure was built on a pond was to protect the library from being infested with termites due to the nature of building as it stored very important educational and religious items belonging to the temple. The ubosot of Wat Thung Si Muang is quite small in size and has a mid-size golden Buddha structure placed inside with very old paintings seen on the wall of the building. Wat Thung Si Muang is believed to be 185 years old and is one of the oldest temple found in Ubon Ratchathani province. It was also believed that the Buddha footprint also found within the temple structures.

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The wooden structure library at Wat Thung Si Muang

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The front view of the wooden library @ Wat Thung Si Muang

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The wooden structure library @ Wat Thung Si Muang in which is being surrounded by a pond

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The room inside the wooden library of Wat Thung Si Muang

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The corridor inside the wooden library @ Wat Thung Si Muang

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The entrance into the room inside the wooden library @ Wat Thung Si Muang

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The wall of the room and the window inside the wooden library of Wat Thung Si Muang

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Some educational item displayed inside the wooden library of Wat Tung Si Muang

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One of the windows of the wooden library at Wat Thung Si Muang

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Side view of the library at Wat Thung Si Muang

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The front view of the ubosot at Wat Thung S Muang

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The interior of ubosot @ Wat Thung Si Muang

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A large gong at the entrance to Wat Thung Si Muang's ubosot

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Visitors can pray for their wishes at this unique sand mountain at Wat Thung Si Muang

Posted by kidd27 19:12 Archived in Thailand

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