|Posted by Irish lad
Date: 13th October 2002
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Location: not far from new Sukhothai, about 7/8 km Lotus Village hostel 170 Thanon Ratchathani, new Suk. (055- 621484) have exact details and the French and Thai owners are very friendly
This is a different kind of temple to the rest you see in Thailand. It is a series of statues that tell the story of the Ramayana and other statues from a local monks dream. Very dramatic. If this doesn't sound interesting to you, well sometimes statues aren't very interesting but these are. They were all made over a fifty year period and more are still being made as a local monk took it upon himself to fulfill his fathers work of making these statues based on a dream he had. All the statues are amazingly painstakingly handmade. The head monk is very friendly and although hard to understand will tell you everything about the place. Best of all it's free. We even got a cup of coffee of the head monk. You can give a small donation if you want but no pressure. This is for all the people who go around Thailand looking at endless different temples in different places. You can easily cycle to this one(not far out of new Suk.), you have a personal guide of a monk perhaps( I think we were just lucky he saw us looking around), nobody(well very very few people) know of this place too and it's very differnt to every other temple I saw in the country. It's more like a story from someones dream brought to life.