Thursday, September 19, 2013

Dec 2012: Looking up at a giant Buddha

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So I am at the bottom of the stairs looking up at the Giant Buddha.

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All those stairs! I suspect I will need to light some incense to ask Buddha to help me climb those stairs, lol

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the views are extraordinary

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up to the next level. thank god I had my camera with me and i could use the excuse of taking photographs to catch my breath

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there’s the great man

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There are these celestial beings arranged around her, offering gifts to Him

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the structure is in 3 tiers, the top tier which you cannot access is the statue itself. Reminds me of the Sanchi structure.

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The views are extraordinary

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The view from the back

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View of the celestial being…beautiful.

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So coins are thrown, lol

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That’s where I climbed up from…the place on the right hand side is the monastery.

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I pop into one of the exhibition halls at the base. These are little memorial plaques for the loved ones with offerings in front of the plaques. Very neat and civilised indeed.

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Most of them had little photographs of the person.

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Next time, I will climb up there…

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And a crow, perched to try to see something of interest to eat? I am heading down…

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And then peer up…wow..

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I move towards the monastery, this chap looks like Garfield, I am

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An incense burner

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Whoa, what’s that?? a giant incense stick?

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Another incense burner

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I swear, I have never seen incense sticks this big or thick, can you see the one in front? looks like a bloody missile rather than an incense stick?!!!

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Heading into the monastery proper via this lovely moon door

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Some fierce looking chaps guarding the door. And some beautifully decorated ceilings…

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The main building.

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The pillars were highly carved, more about this later

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See? beautiful work..

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More Buddha statues inside the main prayer hall

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And the lotus flower

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And a foo dog

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Some lovely carvings on the front panel..

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That is one serious bell…but not to be touched..

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Beautiful lanterns as well…

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Looks like a delegation is in town…I thought I had stumbled into a Shaolin Temple Movie set or something..

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this tree has what?

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Quite curious…

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So the carvings, this granite like stone columns and facade is being carved all over the building, here are some of the most beautiful and eye catching structures.

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There is another building coming up in the rear…this should be beautiful as well,  photo 298-IMG_4254_zps7f8eeb5a.jpg check out the roof! looks amazing.

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Very neat work..

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A spiral incense stick..

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I stood there looking at the incense ash pit and was just wondering how many emotions, prayers and feelings have gone up to the heavens with the incense sticks? What about the ash?

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But but but Buddha died eating pork!

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A beautiful tree…its already cracked the base…

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Seasongings sounds so much better :)

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I had couple of those lovely buns, yummy! :)

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The roof of the restaurant with ceramic tiles..

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oh! hello? why are you looking so grumpy eh?

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The giant Buddha looms over the monastery

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More pilgrims

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I come to the gate…

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What’s this?

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ah! so they are looking for donations..quite an interesting rate list..All efforts will return to me by causal Law.

I turn and then head up to climb the smaller mountain..

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