The Sitting Buddha
One of the biggest attractions for visitors to Thailand
is of course Buddhism, founded more than 2500 years ago,
it is practiced by 90% of the population.
It is a religion of sorts, but possibly treated more
as a way of life or a state of mind, a life of detachment
from material things and a search for truth.
The theory of Karma is a fundamental doctrine in Buddhism,
a belief that everything has a cause and effect, an
action and reaction. Be generous, and the generosity
will be returned.
One could argue that in the process
of performing a generous act, one would in turn become
a more generous person. The overall kindness and generosity
of the Thai people may well be attributed to this.
Wat Tham Seua
The place for worship and teaching of Buddhism is called
a Wat. These Wats, or temples are spread across the country.
Although there are several to see in the Krabi region,
one of the most spectacular is the Tiger Cave Temple,
or Wat Tham Seua.
This particular Wat presents an extra challenge. Although
most of the buildings are in a natural forest park accessible
by any vehicle, the most stunning construction is at
the end of a rather large stairway.
There are 1237 steps
in all. That's nearly 2500 for the round trip. This
huge sitting Buddha, set on top of a large limestone
karst, common in the region, resides over stunning views
of Krabi and surrounds.
The trip is definitely worth the effort. You should
take a drink, but there is a water fountain provided
at the top. It is easy to find. Just head out of Krabi
on the way to the airport, take a left turn. Not far
down the road you will see a huge Buddha sitting on
top of a limestone karst, high up in front of you.