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Asalaha Bucha at renovated Wat Chedi Luang temple
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    Asalaha Bucha at renovated Wat Chedi Luang temple

    The main temple building at Wat Chedi Luang is gradually regaining its former glory. The building was torn down to bare walls 4 years ago, and finally reopened a few months ago.

    The walls, some of the facade (around the door) and the outside of the windows are still plain white; actually, I much prefer this serene simplicity to everything being smothered in gold. All the vast whiteness emphasises the gleaming gold Buddha images at the front.

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    Re: Asalaha Bucha at renovated Wat Chedi Luang temple

    The Reclining Buddha is behind the grand chedi, and was completely renovated as well.

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    Re: Asalaha Bucha at renovated Wat Chedi Luang temple

    About 100 monks and junior monks joined the chanting for Asalaha Bucha day today, along with a few hundred lay people and dozens of tourists, to commemorate the first sermon of the Lord Buddha, which he delivered to his first five disciples.

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    When it was time to do to the candle walk, it started raining. Luckily, the lay speaker had been so annoying (speaking for over half an hour both before and after the abbot's talk, in a shrill voice, over the loudspeakers) that I had escaped in time and managed to finish my walk and my photos before the downpour.

    I remember that same annoying speaker from 3 years ago. The visitors that I had with me for the holiday kept trying to imitate him for days. Usually I go to my local temple or to Wat Phra Singh for the candle walk, now my reason for coming here was the new temple. But now I remember why I hadn't been coming here for 3 years! That guy simply killed the peaceful, contemplative atmosphere of the walk.

    On the plus side, nobody stares at tourists at this temple if they are watching or trying to join in. Also, the temple and the chedi are well lit and it is not difficult to take photos.

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    Re: Asalaha Bucha at renovated Wat Chedi Luang temple

    Quote Originally Posted by Betti View Post
    On the plus side, nobody stares at tourists at this temple if they are watching or trying to join in. Also, the temple and the chedi are well lit and it is not difficult to take photos.
    On the negative side, there are often lots of tourists staring at us.
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    Re: Asalaha Bucha at renovated Wat Chedi Luang temple

    it's absolutely not that bad.

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    Re: Asalaha Bucha at renovated Wat Chedi Luang temple

    I found this photo at last: this is what the temple looked like in October 2007. There was a sign saying "no photos" and some angry headmen pointed it out - we hadn't entered the restricted zone or anything. The whole building was pulled down to its bare walls. That's how temples whose age is "hundreds of years old" need to be renovated once in a while to preserve them. It looks like nothing really remains from ancient times apart from the foundations of the temples and chedis.

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