Dok Kham Tai - Phayao - Attractions - Pottering Around

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    #1 DavidFL, Aug 11, 2020
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    Wat Si Chum - Phayao Attractions - Dok Kham Tai

    Hanging out in Phayao for a few days endeavouring to clear up a visa issue, the general of Dok Kham Tai, David DKT asks if I want to have a look at the teak temple.
    Well is it any good, because I've seen a few in my day, so it's gotta be a bit special to get on the GTR wat richter scale?
    Yeah, it's pretty spectacular & you really should take a look....oh ok. Let's go take a look....

    And wow it rates a 8 on the richter scale - a devastating beauty !
    Let the pictures do all the talking...

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    From the outside it reminded me a bit of the silver temple in Chiang Mai, Wat Sri Suphan, or even the white temple in Chiang Rai.

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    and then you walk inside the viharn to be enveloped in a breathtaking scene of golden teak!
    Yes the interior of the viharn is all golden teak.

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    An incredible scene to behold.
    The golden teak supposedly came from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar & Vietnam, and took 9 years / 90 million baht to complete.

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    If you're in the neighborhood, make sure you check it out sometime.
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    Wat Si Chum is only 15 kms from downtown Phayao & 1.5 kms north of Dok Kham Tai city.

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    A big thanks to Dave DKT for the tip off - you were right & the wat is a total winner!. Amazing plus.

    More to come...other interesting wats in the area courtesy of the DKT General
     
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    D1A7060C-6E2D-45F9-93E3-E9528912BD81. Ha....The General....more like the cadet. I am glad you enjoyed it.
    I was there when they were 6 years into the interior. They had had a full time team of 8 people working on the teak carving for that six years.
    The photo is your man hard at work inside.
     
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    Is the new Phayao bypass road from the 120 to the 1021 open yet, I know a few weeks back it looked very close ?
     
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    Not yet Gav. That didn’t stop David claiming the title of first big bike on the bridge though!
     
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    What are You doing up at 2:30am? Don't You sleep ? Ha Ha!
     
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    Wat San Klang

    A mere 450 metres before the amazing Wat Si Chum is another temple, Wat San Klang, that you may wrongly expect to be Wat Si Chum, the first time you head down the little soi beside the canal...

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    It has a huge reclining Buddha at the back.
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    If you're going to Wat Si Chum , it's on the way & worth a quick look & a photo or two.

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    Wat Chiang Thong

    North-west of Wat Si Chum there's a temple with a museum full of memorabilia for the last 80 odd years plus a 10-storey tower that that stands out over the rice paddies and you can see for kms....the DKT General let's me in on another DKT secret. (He's been hanging out there for 15 years & seems to know a bit about his own backyard?)
    Yeah Yeah 10-stories I thought. How come I've never seen or heard of that one before? (Because you don't know everything obviously!)

    So off we went through the winding back roads & rice paddies.

    Into a temple driveway in a small village
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    and there's a beautiful huge banyan tree
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    Turn right into the next driveway & you can see the wat.
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    Nothing really special you might think, but swing over to the left a bit & wow!
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    It is for real.
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    A bit bizarre I thought, but then again I remembered the one out of Khemmarat. Wat Bung Khilek "the octagonal wat"
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    Wat Bung Khilek is on GTR here: Samphanbok - the Mekong holes - from Ubon


    To ascend the tower, the resident pigeon provided an escort fluttering around all over the place, but much to my relief left us alone for the last steep narrow rickety section to come out at the top.
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    The view is indeed stunning & we were both thankful of a superb clear day.
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    There's plenty of water & good farming land out there near Dok Kham Tai!
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    More to come...the memorabilia with the DKT General
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    As you know David its hard to beat local knowledge, especially blokes like Dave who go exploring on his scooter, its amazing whats out there :cool:
     
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    Exactly.
     
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    #10 DavidFL, Aug 12, 2020
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    Wat Chiang Thong memorabilia museum - Phayao Attractions

    The other interesting aspect of Wat Chiang Thong is the memorabilia museum & it only reminds you that there are some really interesting monks out there, keen on history & the past.

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    Doing the right thing & signing the guestbook.
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    The museum has an impressive collection of movie posters from stars & days gone by.

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    A Garrard Turntable & 12 inch vinyl disc - I used to have one of those turntables!
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    A TV Collection
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    Old lanterns
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    A barber's chair
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    The abbot has a sense of humour too
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    Old phones & I'm sure one of those used to be my original Nokia
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    The first brick phone - calling Maxwell Smart maybe?
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    Who remembers these bubble gum machines?
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    and then there's the old PC incorrect Darkie toothpaste
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    A selection of toothpastes..
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    Cock Soap
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    Cock, Frog & 5 Ram long life batteries
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    Matches & fags
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    an original old phone.
    I must getting real old, because I can actually remember using one of these in my childhood on my great Aunty's farm in the West Australian wheatbelt!
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    Oh man how time has flown, when you've been having fun & enjoying life!

    The DKT General on the hot wat machine.
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    Many thanks Dave for showing me around your neck of the woods.
    I'm sure there's a bit more to come out there.
     
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    Plenty of goodies in that collection, and yep I can remember when alot of those products were available :)


    Those early mobile phones, a good mate of mine had a brick company phone when he went on call, the battery was carried in a separate carry bag, the battery was huge, like for a small car :eek:
     
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    Loving the top temple and the memorabilia museum.
    I can certainly see the resemblance to the Wat Rong Khun.!
     
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    No problems at all David. I enjoy showing people around this stunning part of Thailand. Dokkhamtai district is a hidden gem, and another one of those places that we all generally flash through on the way to somewhere else. Take the time to stop and smell the roses, and amazing things unfold.
     
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    Phayao Attractions continued..Wat Si Chom Ruang
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    Wat Si Chom Ruang sits out on the highway as you enter Phayao from the south.
    The golden chedi stands out against the skyline & above the highway.
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    There is a Shan - Burmese history related to to the temple, but I can't find it now. Grrh.
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    A city pillar.
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