The Big Buddha

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Pattaya is not only bout water sports and glittering nightlife; it is also home of some of the kingdom’s captivating cultural landmarks. The many interesting activities of engage in, the amusing parks and the glittering nightlife to see, all this constitutes an irresistible attraction in Pattaya. It is no wonder that this resort destination always comes first on the list of many travelers around the world. But there is much more than that to discover in Pattaya.

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It is also home to some of the kingdom’s historical landmarks that are really worth visiting. For one, it has the Big Buddha. Sitting on top of Pratumnak Hill, which is about halfway between Pattaya and Jomtien, the Bug Buddha can be reached by a motored vehicle. To get to it you walk up a staircase guarded on both sides by the guardian serpent painted in gold. The image is also painted in bright gold and is elevated about 300 meters above Pattaya’s coastline, overlooking the sea.

It can be seen from some distance away. In the area around the Big Buddha are smaller Buddha images mostly in standing position. The images representing the seven days of the week, this kind of structure can be found in many places around Thailand and each has something to say depending on what day you were born. Some people come here only to know their luck and destiny, while others think of the images as guardian spirits.

Depending on what day you were born, you have your own guardian Buddha:

Monday’s Buddha is said to bring you peace.

Tuesday’s Buddha will grant you with peaceful sleep and is usually in the reclining position.

Wednesday’s Buddha will remind you that you are generous person and that it is your passion to share your blessing to others.

Thursday’s Buddha allows you ample time to meditate and to have peace of mind.

Friday’s Buddha assures you happiness.

Saturday’s Buddha will keep you safe from harm especially from the forces of nature.

Sunday’s Buddha will remind you that the needy must be care for. In addition, people come here with caged birds purchased at the foot of the stairs. After a brief worship and meditation, the birds are released for luck.

There is quaint temple at the right side of the area where you can give contribution for the monks and for maintenance of the area. Flower offerings are also made here, and so with burning of incense and merit-making.

Make sure you remove your shoes and are dressed properly before you enter (no shorts). If you are a little superstitious, in this small temple are long flat strips of wood numbered one to 28 placed in a circular container.

p2Shake up and down until one jumps out. If you get the number, read the charts on the wall behind you. This will be your destiny. Take photos and enjoy the fresh air and experience a moment of quietude, or just spend time viewing the surrounding below. Down the hill to the staggered cross road the views are amazing and you should be taking more shots here. But that’s not all there is to see. There is a shrine of Admiral Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak, the “Father of Royal Thai Navy.” Admiral Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak or the Prince of Chumphon – formerly HRH Prince Abhakara Kiartiwongse, during the reign of King Chulalongkorn was known for his great contribution in developing the Royal Thai Navy.

Born on the December 18, 1880 as the 28th child of King, the revered prince was a born navigator. He was a skilled seaman, assuming the commandership of the Royal Ship from Ceylon to Europe during his father’s journeys. He was also noted as the first Thai officer to train naval cadets in foreign waters, developing and strengthening the capabilities of The Royal Thai Navy at par with those of other European countries.

So impressive was his record that in 1887 the Ministry of the Navy was established to oversee the growth of naval affairs. The Prince was later made Minister of the Navy. He also founded the Royal Thai Naval Academy and the Marine Engineering School.

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