Wat Pa Kittiyanusorn
A forest wat in Khon Kaen province
We headed out today to try and find some specific long bean seeds for the farm rumoured to be in rural shops located around a small town called Phu Wiang, an 45 minute drive from us.
The long beans didn’t work out but there was a wat outside the town that I wanted to show Yuan and Lud. Luckily we arrived on a day they were preparing for a large festival on the 31st and lots was happening. Great photos so dive in.
My third wat in three days. Nine is the Thai lucky number so only six to go
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This wat is called วัดป่ากิตติญานุสรณ์ and that’s what shows on Google Maps. Luckily I have a Thai friend Supanan Sarakarn who kindly translated this into phonetic English as Wat Pa Kittiyanusorn. Thank you. You can find the wat on Google Maps HERE:
The structures are basically split into two separate areas. Up front are the scenes you will mostly see on social media, being this building and the huge reclining Buddha (to come). For me the highlight is a new timber Buddha hall building hidden away at the back of these along with many other structures.
Around every corner there is something else to photograph.
The shrine area underneath that chedi (tower) in the first photo.
This is a Pa or forest wat, although it you wouldn’t pick it from this sort of presentation. What it does guarantee is a well maintained and orderly wat plus this one has heaps of money coming in and the quality reflects that.
The photo you will see most often. Yes, the skies were that colour today. The smoke haze has lifted for one day anyway. Lucky us.
I took this photo in November 2016 of this sole guy crafting this relief on the long wall under the Buddha.
Here’s his finished work.
The room underneath the big Buddha is full of dsplay cases in very low light. They have lots of things that could be of interest if one could see them and as there are no inscriptions as to what items are or why they are there it is all a bit of a waste.
Photo editing allows you (and me) to see these cases but in real life they are sat in almost darkness.
OK, so leaving the front we walked into the area behind the main structure, which is largely planted up with clumps of bamboo. Unfortunately, like so much else this time of year the bamboo have lost their leaves so it isn’t as lush as normal. I liked this lean, mean monking machine. Built low for speed.
And here it is in action. Yes, it has a reverse! The monks were as busy as the villagers (mostly). Forest wat monks get involved hands-on.
A couple of exceptions. Maybe management. Watching other people work and having a chat. My sort of lifestyle.
Ong (Isaan waterpots) bamboo and a timber wat – how Thai is that!
Volunteers and monks were busy preparing for a festival maybe to commemorate the opening of this new building. This is a timber structure more in line with the forest wat philosophy although at a standard you won’t see too often.
Yuan bought us all ice creams.
Lud in a formal social occasion hardly talks at all, mainly because he is to busy eating. But in the everyday we always laugh because he has the natural ability to start a conversation with anyone. A genuinely friendly guy and others respond to that. Here’s Lud (in red) talking to someone who just happened to be around.
At the back of this area are even more buildings. Accommodation for monks I think as I didn’t explore.
Truck loads of flowers and plants were being shipped in and spread around. Decorations like these hanging mobiles were being made by ladies inside the Buddha hall. I haven’t seen them before and would like a few after the festival
This was still being constructed last time we were here last year. No expense spared and it has turned out brilliantly.
Spot the real monk! He’s inside that glass case cleaning it.
Unusual to see detailing of this quality in a small rural town wat or anywhere else come to that. Some real craftsmanship on display.
A large beautiful jade coloured Buddha.
No words required for this and the next few photos.
Gaun sat down for a chat with the lady making the mobiles at the entrance. One of my newly favourite photos. Just love the colours.
These star shaped mobiles are made from coloured cotton wound onto frames by hand. Patience required.
You can see how the cotton and the frame interact here.
This yai (grandmother) wanted me to take a photo of her and a finished mobile shape.
A couple of examples of their work hanging outside.
Outside straw had been spread around, furniture stacked and the flowers were being positioned. If you want a party, Isaan people would be my number one pick to organise it.
Somehow Yuan and Lud got themselves involved. Earning some Buddhist merit points while on holiday
The beautiful Yuan – both inside and out.
Really enjoying herself. The spontaneity of life is so joyful to watch.
Filling in nicely.
Lud and Yuan and a couple of the villager volunteers who wanted their photo taken.
A beautiful timber bell tower at the back of this area.
Even the small shopping area is well presented.
And in true Isaan style I leave you on the topic of food. Here my family are enjoying the highlight of the visit – buying sausages for lunch 🙂
Yet another terrific wat hidden away in our local area. If you know where to go there are plenty of quality attractions and not one farang or Chinese tour group. Bliss.
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