50 km’s north of Udon Thani where we now live is Wat Baan Waeng or Pho Chai Sri as it is also known.
It is home to larger than life statues and sculptures which depict the heaven and hell side of Buddhism. So in other words if you stray from the path of the five precepts of Buddhism then “Hell” is what awaits you.
It shows the fate or karma of these individuals and the gory fates that await them for their sins.
Initially when we pulled into the temple we were met with the scene of monks sitting, children playing and stalls selling trinkets, spiritual items and a well. The water level of which is always very high so if you do want to peer down into the blackness then first remove your shoes before you step onto the plinth. The well according to local folktales just appeared!
Such tranquility that we thought we had chanced upon the wrong temple(wat).
But no, if you follow the path lined with Buddhas statues you will be led through beautiful gardens, music playing, good food and drink everything that heaven is meant to be.
Happy smiles and music playing.
All plaques and writing are in Thai so it will enhance your visit if you have someone with you who can read Thai.
The tree of life depicting the man or king at the top surrounded by ladies. Showing as flowers hanging from the tree of life.
Do not be fooled!
You are now entering hell.
You will then come upon statues showing the horrific torture that you would suffer if you went to hell. Depending on your sin your punishment would fit the crime. A liar would have his tongue removed and a thief his hands.
Forced to climb the thorny tree or be eaten by the waiting dogs. It looks like he wasn’t quite quick enough.
A liar…Off with your tongue!
Cruelty to animals will not be tolerated.
Karma reigns! What goes around comes around as the saying goes.
A fruitless gesture, begging for mercy I don’t think any mercy was going to be granted here.
I hope you enjoyed this trip through heaven and hell, it will be on my to visit again list as there is a temple being built in the middle of the lake there which promises to be a lovely tranquil place to sit and read or write.
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