Hanzze wrote:Looks like it would be outwardly of it. Is that an UFO on the head?
There are some pictures like that, are they form inside? Maybe a kind of story of the Buddha? Or are they simply not related here?
Kim O'Hara wrote:I was lucky enough to visit this temple recently and it is even more beautiful, in an over-the-top kind of way, than the photos can suggest.
Here's one of the pics I took:
The colourful pictures Hanzze posted are from a mural inside the vihara. There are lots of modern images - Neo, Superman, etc - amongst more traditional Thai and Buddhist images there.
The fantasy elements even extend to silly things like this:
At the same time, it is a genuine temple, not just a vanity exercise. Some day it may be a classic wat, pointed out as a building which is important to the renewal of Buddhist architecture in Thailand - who knows?
Kim O'Hara wrote:Hi, Yawares,
As you enter the vihara you face the big Buddha statues as usual but they are golden, not white. Behind them is a whole-wall mural painting of a golden Buddha. If you turn around and look at the wall either side of the door you enter by, you see the murals that Hanzze posted here. Most of those pictures are quite small - you could cover Superman with one hand, for instance - but the background is all golden. The use of colour is very deliberate and very effective in contrast with the white everywhere else.
I did see a couple of monks there but I don't know for sure whether that was their wat or they were just visiting. We weren't there long enough for me to see everything and ask all the questions, but as far as I know the wat does have monks like any other wat.