Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hatyai Stainless Steel Temple / Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon


Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
Hatyai, sometimes being spelled as Hat Yai, Had Yai or Haad Yai, is the largest city of Songkhla Province in southern Thailand. On a broiling hot Saturday, we traveled more than two hundred kilometres up north to Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon aka the Hatyai Stainless Steel Temple on Ko Hong Mountain.

By the time we arrived, it was already past two in the afternoon, Malaysia Time (MYT). It's subtle how the temperature increases every time we cross the border of Malaysia-Thailand. So clammy and ravenous I was that I secretly wished we were dining in an air-conditioned restaurant, feeding scrumptious good food into my mouth instead.

Haha. That's not entirely true.

We were over the moon! Apart from feeling hungry. It's rare to see a silver colored Siamese temple as most of them are painted in shiny gold color. Additionally, you'll get to enjoy soothing, relaxing sound of the wind chimes as they play their song in a gentle breeze.

Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
A chain of bells along the side of the temple. Each represents a significant meaning or meanings.

Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
Ox, my Chinese zodiac. But what's the meaning of the number 30?

Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
It's a shoes-off zone beyond the orange safety cones. The weather, however, wasn't really the kind you'd expect to have to walk on the cement floor barefoot.

Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
Giant "rings" connecting the temple.

Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
It's the 5th bell we supposed. My sis hit the bell five times anyway.

Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
Let's have a peek on the inside!

Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
The temple's center with pictures hanging around.

Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
And many, many teacups.

Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
Approaching the upper level. Watch out for head bumps!

Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
Stainless steel cages.

Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
Its pagoda structure. Impressive.

Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
Stainless steel bowls...

Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
Stainless steel everything.

Hatyai Chedi Traiphop Thaimongkhon / Stainless Steel Temple
With my dearest sissy. Two days of shopping, oil massage and spicy food overdosed in Thailand!!!

6 comments:

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    1. Hehe, I wonder what's in those teacups ;0

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  2. Hi Christina, to answer your curiosity. Those store in the little teacups are known as Sharira (舍利子) pronounced as She Li Zi in mandarin. They are relics that remain after cremation indicating the person had attained some degree of purity of body and mind. In this case, the remains of the high monks. Cheers!

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    1. Hi J.W. thanks very much for sharing =)

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  3. Have just been there two days ago, went at night, with the lights turned on, the temple is impressive, simply breathtaking!

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    1. Hey, I suppose it looks stunningly beautiful at night with the lights turned on! =)

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