Buddha temple and witchcraft on Koh Samui
Today we went to see the ultimate kitsch gem of the island of Koh Samui: the 1972 build Buddha temple with a 12 meter tall golden Buddha statue sitting at Wat Phra Yai.
We climbed up the wide staircase which is framed by flowing dragons with multiple heads on either side and were rewarded with a great view over the ocean with an amazing sunset and an overlook of the surrounding beaches of Koh Phangan island.
Did not count the stairs.
Three headed elephant.
Closest to big Buddha.
Sleeping, sitting, standing.
Monks and Thais come here to give rice, flower, coconut and joss stick offerings to Lord Buddha. Upstairs you can ring big bells and send out a prayer. Downstairs stray dogs are patrolling the area, restaurants, souvenir and T-shirt sellers lure the tourist.
|Windy weather.||Tattooed monk.|
|Beautiful flower paintings on the pillars.||Flower offerings.|
|Looking good in silver.||Or gold.|
Sunset on Koh Samui.
Before leaving the temple we had our fortune told by the temple’s fortune telling machines that had the blinking lights and coin slots of gambling machines. Each had a different Buddha statue. Tomek chose sleeping Buddha and I took my luck with the last boxed in Buddha.
Insert only five Baht to find out about your future.
The little bulbs lit up going in circles and eventually stopped at one number, underneath which we read our fortunes pinned to the wall.
|Highlight of Tomek’s fortune read: Wishes will be fulfilled, plans accomplished. Fortune approaching.||Best of my fortune read: Long journeys will be undertaken safe and sound. Desires will be fulfilled. All is good for you.|
It is worth to walk around the area a bit and stroll down to the river (which was dried out during this time of the year) but had impressive colorful statues of holy creatures. Like the up size topless statue of a strange white figure extending one arm or the mermaid and green dragon-fish-horse.
Not for small man.
Dancing with the statue to the psychedelic flute.
After the visit I felt very high spirited and decided not to return by motorbike but by broom which was waiting right next to the motorbikes. It was a wise choice to take up the broom. Tomek, a master of the fast flying broom technique taught me the basic rules – hold on tight to the broom stick, bend over a bit to the front for optimal balance and pull up the broom to slow down. No speeding or racing with birds is allowed which has caused unnecessary turbulence in the past. As you can see on the picture all worked out just fine. I am flying on a broom!
Unfortunately that witch skill only works near temples and diminished the further I flew, eventually abandoning me and returning to its temple :)