Wat Pa Sup Anan
For a change of schedule, we headed out to the farm this afternoon instead of our normal morning coffee run. It’s the variety of my retired life that makes it all so exciting 🙂
After dropping Gaun off at the farmhouse, I continued on to view the progress that has been made on Wat Pa Sap Anan, a small forest temple being constructed 1 km further on.
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The wat in July 2017.
And now. It does have potential as long as they focus to complete it and then clean and landscape the surroundings. I reserve judgement.
This photo was taken in June. I was worried because the floor had previously been laid quickly in a very rough way, as you can see here, for an opening ceremony. Nothing had happened since then and I thought that if nothing was done the temple would lose it’s potential to become a beautifully detailed structure.
Thankfully for us wat enthusiasts, the floor has now been taken up and the boards are being cut to straighten the edges and then re-laid. There’s hope yet.
The boards now with straight edges. Look at the amazing thickness. You can see the finished floor taking shape under the stacked timber. This will end up stained to bring out the colours.
Underneath the main hall. Beautiful timber and colours.
It will outlast me that’s for sure.
Ad hoc and lateral thinking to make the structure come together.
This is Dit, the boss monk working on cutting boards. All forest wat monks are expected to be active in the building process and maintenance, unlike village monks who tend to be more laid back. If you visit a forest wat (one with Pa or Pha in its name) in the late afternoon you will often see all the monks out sweeping leaves off paths and roads. Forest wats are simple in their buildings but usually very neat.
The boss hands on. He’s a good carpenter too.
A new extension being put in place with the first huge tree trunk winched into place. There will be four of these supporting a roof. Can you spot the monk two thirds of the way up? If you ever want to build a temple this is your man. I have watched him in action for a couple of years and he’s always the one at the top of the scaffolding.
A closer view of the monk but the photo taken to show you the hand winch used to move that column into place.
The same monk in an earlier photo.
All those small plants in the front were originally cuttings provided to the temple by Gaun. An Isan tuk tuk in the background.
Another maybe good idea in the making but abandoned for now. This will either be a spectacular wat in a few years or a complete mess. I trust Dit and his vision and hope it is the former rather than the latter.
The small existing structure acting as the Buddha hall.
This structure, probably a monk’s space, at the back of the land is new (to me anyway). My observation is that there are many projects like this that have been started but then abandoned for something else. If I was project managing this development I would focus on finishing one structure before moving on, but not my problem.
One of the many wat ponds, which at the end of the wet season shows that we are way short of enough water to take us through six months of almost total dry.
This is another unfinished project. This was a lovely area with trees and landscaping but has been dug up to create this waterway in the making. Now eventually it may end up as an inspirational idea and a beautiful setting but I will wait and see. The black and green shade cloth structures on the left are protecting new durian fruit trees planted today be a group of villagers.
I passed Duk Dik the family dog on the way back to the farm waiting next to his ride home. Don’t make me walk 🙂
The location. We live just under Ban Nong Muang School on the map, the farm is almost exactly midway between the school and the wat, which is marked with a red pin.
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