Wat Pa Si Somphon
Another forest wat in Nong Bua Lamphu province
We were on the road this afternoon to check out some construction work being done on a friend’s land using a builder I recommended. On the way we passed this a wat called Pa Si Somphon and as they had a bit of building work going on themselves so we stopped to see what they were up to.
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This is a wat with Pa in the name and I hope that regular reader will have caught onto the fact that means this is a forest wat. A new Wihan or Buddha hall being constructed. Lots of timber and very open in design. You can find it on Google Maps HERE:
Some great detailed timber work happening.
I’d be happy with a veranda that looked like this.
And inside the ceiling was being painted.
The artist heading back to the top to continue painting.
A monk working the timber. The monks wearing these more earthy coloured robes are forest monks. The bright orange robed monks are from ‘ban’ or village wats. You are more likely to see forest monks getting stuck into work than village wat monks too.
A piece of artistic looking furniture. Made from bamboo.
The main Buddha statue was wrapped at this stage. They are having a big party here on the 8th if you’re passing.
The base of the temple is being constructed from laterlite stone described as: Laterite is a soil and rock type rich in iron and aluminium and is commonly considered to have formed in hot and wet tropical areas. Nearly all laterites are of rusty-red coloration, because of high iron oxide content. They develop by intensive and prolonged weathering of the underlying parent rock.
One of my favourite Isaan temples Wat Neramit Wipattasanais is built using laterlite the only time I have seen a full construction in this material.
As always mouth watering good timber.
Quite a front door.
Terrific detailing again. There’s a heap of money washing around in the area going into some outstanding building work ATM.
A man working with wood. Not something you see often in a land of concrete and steel.
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