Day 162

Lovely afternoon and evening with my nephew Ryan Byers, and Nikky Gurm and family in Singapore.


Nikky, Ryan and I.


Ryan and I.


Ryan and I.


Photos from my time in Ko Samui – Tour of the island and other pictures (Part 2 of 2).


Giant golden Buddha at Wat Phra Yai Temple with minature Buddha figurines around the base on the plinth.


Colourful spine handrail of the seven-headed naga at the side of the steps in front of the giant golden Buddha.


Looking through the trees over the rocks and sea below.


View across the bay to the hills in the distance.


Large rocks at the waters edge.


View through the trees out to sea.


Path leading down to Hin Ta – Hin Yai.


Introduction to Hin Ta – Hin Yai. Folklore of an elderly couple who lost their lives at sea and turned into a rocks. The rock formation known as grandfather (Ta) and grandmother (Yai), look, respectively, like male and female genitalia.


Ta rock formation.


Ta rock formation nestled amongst other rocks.


Yai rock formation.


Rock formation at Hin Ta – Hin Yai.


Visitors looking at the rock formations.


Tree growing through the rocks at Hin Ta – Hin Yai.


Sign nailed to the tree with the inscription “Love forever Hin Ta – Yai Samui”.


Looks like “Happy Hour” is 4pm – 6pm.


“The journey of a thousand miles begin with one step” or ends with one step falling out from the bar at the end of the night perhaps.


Introduction to The Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram Temple.


An altar with offertory plates and incense burners in front of glass case containing the mummified Monk.


The Monk Luong Pordaeng died in 1973 in a seated meditative position, and ever since his body has been on display in an upright glass case at the temple.


Remarkably, even more than 46 years on the Monk’s body shows little sign of decay.


Luong Pordang is said to have told his followers shortly before his death that if his body were to decompose he should be cremated, but if not then he wanted to be put on display as a visual reminder of the Buddha’s teachings.


Decorative facade of the pagoda especially constructed for displaying the mummified Monk.


The mummified Monk in glass case with decorative surroundings at Wat Khunaram Temple.


Closer look at the pagoda housing the mummified Monk with tree vines beginning to grip the roof of the structure.


Three-headed naga above cross-legged statue of a Buddha sitting on a lotus flower on the head of a dragon.


The three wise monkeys – “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.


Na Muang Waterfall.


Statue of  revered Luang Pu Thuat built on a boat at Wat Bophut Tharam Temple.


Various pieces of metal artwork that have been preserved.


Small brass figurine.


Closer look at Luang Pu Thuat with brass prayer bells around the base.


A line of prayer bells on the deck of the boat.


Buddha statues adorned with gold leaf and garlands, and bottles of water with straws all left as offerings.


Prayer bells adorned with offerings by devotees.


Wat Bophut Tharam Temple is frequented by locals and not marketed as a tourist attraction like the other temples on Ko Samui hence the noticeable lack of people leading it to be more peaceful and tranquil.


Boats in Bophut bay.


Decaying pier at Fishermans Village in Bophut.


Restaurants on the seafront at Fishermans Village.


View along the main street in Fishermans Village in Bophut.


Tour of Ko Samui island and other pictures – Part 1 – can be found by clicking >here<.


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