At Wat Saen Suk Sut-ti-wa-ra-ram in Bang Saen, Chonburi province
there is an incredible amount of statuary that depicts a ride range of
- Depictions of Heaven and Hell
- Thai Proverbs in statue
- Chinese zodiac, Thai style
- Chinese Gods statuary
- Christian and Muslim statues
There is a fish pond for the temple fish, and the usual sala and bot of the
typical Thai Buddhist temples as well. While there may be other temples
that have larger statues, this temple is striking because of its large
range of subject matter.
I have included the different statuary, as well as photos of the temple
fish, and the sala on the temple grounds.
Wat San Suek is located only about ten minutes drive from the Bang
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Wat Saen Suk Sut-ti-wa-ra-ram in Bang Saen, Chonburi
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While there are stylistic differences, the depiction of
hell at Wat Saen Suk Sut-ti-wa-ra-ram in Bang Saen,
Chonburi is shown using the same convention as at
other Buddhist temples throughout Thailand.
There are depictions of the different stages of
Buddha's life, mostly using statues as a medium at
Wat Saen Suk Sut-ti-wa-ra-ram in Bang Saen,
Chonburi. There are murals in a Sala that illustrate the
Buddhist scriptures, but also, the scriptures are also
represented in statue form. There are Buddha
statues in all of the standard postures here.
Life is good for temple fish. They won't be eaten, and
are fed well each day by people who come to the
temple, as a way to make merit, or tahm boon.
At this temple, there was a dock where people could
feed the fish. There were also stairs that led to the
pond, and turtles swam from these stairs and it was on
the stairs that they rested. People feed the fish bread or
other types of feed, and they fight to get the food. There
was a beautiful albino fish that really stood out from the
dark black fish swimming around it.
This thumbnail gallery
includes photos of the
entrance in detail, a
sala on the temple
grounds and the
protector of the sala,
pictured right, as well
as some Buddha
Photo right, the
entrance to Wat San
Suek. Click on photo
for larger sized image.
The Chinese Zodiac is represented in a truly Thai
style at Wat San Suek in Bang Saen, Chonburi. Thai
mythical characters ride atop the varying animals.
Its fun to see cultural differences in the way idioms and proverbs are used. The idioms relate more the
daily life of the people, and if the daily life is different, the idiom or proverb will be different. The name of
the proverb is on each photo in an Anglicized version of the Thai Language. The meaning in both Thai and
English is written below the photo's title on each photo page. These photos come from Wan Saen Suk
Sut-ti-wa-ra-ram in Bang Saen, Chonburi.
There is a wide range of styles of Chinese gods and
goddesses at the Wat Saen Suk Sut-ti-wa-ra-ram in
Bang Saen, Chonburi. One of the statues is much
taller than a house, and people will throw coins into
the navel for good luck.
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