Phra Nang Din Temple ‘With strange but amazing Buddha statue’
Now you should get to know Phra Nang Din Temple, a temple in Phayao Province, Thailand. It’s a temple that contain a lot of interesting things. Prepare to read this article if you have kids, as its text will do good to your kids’ learning procedure.
You’re welcomed to Phra Nang Din Temple is located in Phra Nang Din Village, which is a peaceful village and full of interesting parts of culture. Therefore, beside of getting close to Buddhism, you will observe lives of local villagers too.
The highlight of the temple is a Lord Buddha statue of meditation manner, which is an art of Chiangsaen style. The statue is not very large, covered in copper color and truely different from other Lord Buddha statues. Regularly, Lord Buddha statue should be one bases or platforms, but not the one at Phra Nang Din Temple. The one at Phra Nang Din Temple just sticks to the ground. The legend says, villagers tried to build a base for the statue, but they couldn’t lift the statue. For the second time, another villagers built a base again and try to lift the statue, but a thunder struck the vihara for 3 times. Therefore, the statue has been left on the ground all long. That causes it to be very interesting.
Find yourself some chance to pay respect to the statue. Make some wishes for yourself and people you love.
Beside of paying respect to the statue, you should worship the candles made by elderly people of the village. The candles are known as ‘Tian Khatha’. They’re lucky candles. By lightening and worshipping it, it should bring you good lucks. That’s what villagers believe. Many tourists love to do so. It’s one of their favourite activities.
Each candle costs 10 Baht for you to worship it. Each candle is made with wax from Lampang Province and will be stuffed with spell written by the abbot of the temple. Each spell is a spell for each birthday, from Sunday to Monday. Therefore, if you worship a candle on your birthday, your life should be extremely fortunate.
That’s not the end of that. There are still other interesting things around the temple. If you walk a little bit further to other parts of the village, you will see how villagers make ‘fabric-weaved dolls’. These dolls are made of cotton fiber from factories in Bangkok. The fiber will be weaved and transformed into different parts of dolls: legs, hand, bodies, and heads. Then all parts will be stuffed with synthetic fiber and put together. These dolls will be put on sale. They’re well-known, in fact. They’re OTOP goods in many provinces in Thailand, for and example, Chiang Mai. If you happen to have a chance, don’t for get to buy some for your kids or as souvenirs for yourself. The dolls are cute. They have large heads and decorated in different colors. They can be great toys and house decorating items.
Now, Wat Phra Nang Din is not a regular temple, but also a valuable learning resource of culture. Perfect for kids and adults. If kids see how gorgeous everything around the temple is, they will have a chance to improve their imagination and knowledge. Adults will have some time to relax and learn about little things. Take your whole family there will be a great idea.
Try to observe architectures in the temple too. They’re stunning. There are carvings of animals. There is a beautiful white gate. There are golden roofs that goes sparkling in the middle of sunlight. There are many spots for you to take lots of photos. However, there aren’t many trees in the temple. You will want to prepare a hat for yourself and apply sunblock before getting there, especially if you travel during summer, if you don’t want the sunlight to disturb you and damage your skin.
For further details, you may contact 054 442 1412 or visit these two websites: http://www.phayao.go.th
How to get there
In order to get to Phra Nang Din Temple, just use the Highway 1148. Try to head south. The temple is only about 4 kilometres from Chiangkham County. You should reach there soon. It will be on your right side.
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