Welcome to week 238 (07/23/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. When I think of Asia I almost always think of Buddha statues, and the many that I have gazed at over the years. I don’t think I’ve ever been in an Asian country where I haven’t admired (and sometimes fallen in love with) one. This Travel Photo Thursday I am sharing with you some of my favorite Buddha statues from across Asia.
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The sitting Buddha at Korea’s Mt. Seoraksan’s Shinhungsa Temple is huge. I think the second shots puts the statue’s height into perfect perspective.
This is one BIG Buddha!
Buddha statue production is alive and well in Thailand. I wonder where this graceful Buddha found a home. I took this shot when I visited Bangkok’s amulet market. The market is frequented by mostly by locals, and I highly recommend anyone that visits Bangkok to spend some time here. My post featuring the amulet market.
The Bamboo Buddha at Wat Chong Kam in Mae Hong Son is to thought to be the only the world’s only Buddha statue made from bamboo. Getting to admire this Buddha is a bit of a adventure. If you take the bus from Chiang Mai, you’ll probably lose count of the curves in the road; 1864 of them! You’ll find a photo essay of the Bamboo Buddha here.
I would say that the prize for the most Buddha statues in South East Asia has to go to Myanmar. The country is full of them, and they are all meticulously maintained. Both of these Buddhas can be found in the town of Bago, an easy 50 mile trip from Yangon. The first is definitely one of my favorite shots. The second and third shots give you an idea of the sheer size of some of the reclining Buddhas.
Do you have a favorite Buddha statue somewhere in the world? Let us know in the comments.
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