The beautiful Phra Pratom Chedi and touristy Rose Garden
Nakhon Pathom Travel Blog› entry 7 of 22 › view all entries
March 6th, 2008 – by: Pearl510
First thing I liked was the Buddha Statue halfway up the stairs. It is a white statue in stone, not a shiny gold one. I can't help liking the stone images more. They don't reflect the light that much which makes it easier to see the details, and they have more flair around them, I think.
There aren't many people around the Phra Pratom Chedi. That's the first thing I notice when I get up the plateau that surrounds the building. This area is a lot bigger that I expected it to be. There is some space to walk arround, decorated with trees and little bell-houses. I like the bells because it is said they bring luck when you ring them. As I tend to be more supersticious on a holliday I ring one. She makes a lovely sound, that is carried around between the flowery trees by a warm, soft breeze. When I left Belgium all trees were bold, but here they all have coulorful flowers that smell heavenly. One of them is the Golden Rain tree, which is said to be some sort of national tree because of the yellow colour of the flowers (that is also the color of the king), and another tree of which I can't translate the name from Dutch (we call it "Franchipaneboom").
Around the Chedi there is a gallery ful of Buddha statues. They all show a different pose and small information boards explain the meaning of each position. I find this very interesting, especially because I'd read there were many poses but I couldn't imagine what they would look like. So I make the whole tour, stopping at each statue to take it in. Every now and then there is a door in the gallery so you can walk through it to the Chedi itself. Because the area here is closed in by the surrounding building, and yet still in plain sun, it is very hot here.
While walking around on my own I've only crossed a handful of visitors, three of them monks, and after the crowded Floating Market it felt good to be away from the other tourists for some time. I could have stayed here for hours, but I also got a bit hungry after more than 2 days without food. So I wasn't all regretful when we left for our next stop, Rose Garden, were we would have lunch.
Rose Garden is a sort of touristy hangout place that tries to show the traditional Thai way of living to visitors.
After the show the bus takes us for a two hour ride to Kanchanaburi, where we arrive in the evening.
We saw the little “party rafts” for the first time on our way to the hotel. Small rafts with a roof, that are pulled over the river by a little boat. People hire them to party on, to dance and eat and sing karaoke.
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