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My Travel Story: Memorable times in Thailand Part Two. Kalasin and the Temple of Peacocks.
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    Memorable times in Thailand Part Two. Kalasin and the Temple of Peacocks.

    I was fortunate to have been invited to Issan and Kalasin by a Thai family. I flew to Khon Khaen and travelled to Kalasin from there. It was an amazing place, i was the only farang there, i never saw no others. To start of my first day out was to a very impressive Temple ( sorry i do not no the name of it)....It was in the middle of a huge forested area and upon entry there was a sign that said please keep the gate closed.This was because there are so many peacocks here that wander everywhere both inside the Temple and it's surrounding area.

    The Temple itself was absolutely massive, i have a photo not the best but you can gather the size of the place by looking at the person to the right of the huge entrance door, also the other people in the picture. The top upermost part of the Temple was covered in a very intricate bamboo scaffolding, not sure i would fancy going up that. Work was in progress here when i visited. But the peacocks where so beautifull and seeing them wander in and out the Temple with no one to chase them was so nice. Free as a bird i guess so they say!

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    Re: Memorable times in Thailand Part Two. Kalasin and the Temple of Peacocks.

    Have been to Kalasin myself a couple of times but never visited this Temple, looks quite impressive.

    Did some Research - the Name of the Temple is "Wat Puthanimit" ѴطԵ
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    Re: Memorable times in Thailand Part Two. Kalasin and the Temple of Peacocks.

    Why all the peacocks? Are they some sort of holy avatars?
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    Re: Memorable times in Thailand Part Two. Kalasin and the Temple of Peacocks.

    Hi yy,

    Not to sure realy of the peacock significance, there where certainly plenty of them both outside and inside of the Temple. It was nice to see though.

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    Re: Memorable times in Thailand Part Two. Kalasin and the Temple of Peacocks.

    Quote Originally Posted by billyboy View Post
    Hi yy,

    Not to sure realy of the peacock significance, there where certainly plenty of them both outside and inside of the Temple. It was nice to see though.

    Thanks,

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    Peacocks were observed to eat poisonous plants and kill poisonous snakes without harm

    http://www.artofdharma.org/archives/...e-peacock.html
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    Re: Memorable times in Thailand Part Two. Kalasin and the Temple of Peacocks.

    The farmers in Kalasin worked so hard, it was extremely hot when i visited yet they where working in the fields all day most of the days, a couple of farmers are shown here, also a couple of children selling petrol, charcoal and sticky rice by the roadside. There was a strange but colourfull sunset one evening, very pretty.

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    Re: Memorable times in Thailand Part Two. Kalasin and the Temple of Peacocks.

    I've been to this temple on several occasions. It is just down the road from Sahatsakhan on the way to Somdet. The old temple is made of wood and has some very elaborate wood carvings that tell the story of the Buddha. They have been building the new one for years and it is much larger and more imposing. There are many other images and shrines on the grounds, including a reclining Buddha in a cavern in the side of the mountain. This is about a 45 minute drive outside of Kalasin city heading north.
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    Re: Memorable times in Thailand Part Two. Kalasin and the Temple of Peacocks.

    Some more photographs from Kalasin. Different coloured baby chickens where dyed for some reason and where on sale at a roadside market, i do not know why they have been coloured for? Also a couple of pretty locust...or are they praying mantis that landed on me one day, lovely detail and colours to them. The two young kids from the photo in my previous post are in another one of the pictures making a barbeque. Then there is a cow from Kalasin that i thought looked more like a donky!

    I have been struggling to find one of my albums from this trip, i hope i have not deleted it. The cow picture plus the boys with the BBQ and one of the locust ones i had to grab back from my facebook. Lots of pictures missing i need to have a good check.

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    Re: Memorable times in Thailand Part Two. Kalasin and the Temple of Peacocks.

    I think that the bottom picture of the praying mantis looks like it's got a smilie on its back.

    Nice read Billy.

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    Re: Memorable times in Thailand Part Two. Kalasin and the Temple of Peacocks.

    I visited a bug farm one day in Kalasin, i must say the smell from these bunkers where these bugs where grown was awful. The bunkers where made of brick and around the tops there was tape placed just on the inside of the walls. Only a four inch strip i would say but it prevented the bugs from escaping, maybe they could not get a grip on the tape to get away? Not sure why the egg boxes but it must have something to do with breeding the bugs.

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