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phra sangkajai - fat buddha statue - thailand

Phra Sangkajai looks like a Fat Buddha - Chiang Mai (Thailand)

This is an image of Phra Sangkajai or Sangkachai or Sangkadchai, a monk widely respected in Thailand, which is sometimes confused with Budai (the Chinese "Laughing Buddha" or "Fat Buddha" folk character).­

For more information about Budai and Phra Sangkajai, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Budai

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Those photos were shot in Thailand in May 2008 (Bangkok) and in March-April 2005, where I traveled with my friend Anke Rega.

Related Set: Forensic medicine museum - Siriraj Hospital (Bangkok).

Our 25-day tour in 2005 included, in chronological order, Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanabury, Nam Tok, Erawan, Nam Tok Huai Mae Khamin, Thong Pha Phum, Sangkhla Buri, Wat Wang Wiwekaram, Ban Pa Rai Nok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phanom Rung, Si Racha, Chantaburi, Ko Chang, Phimai, Nong Khai, Ban Phu, Wang Saphung, Loei, Dan Sai, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Si Ratchanalai, Chiang Mai, Tham Chiang Dao, Chiang Rai, Tha Ton, the Wieng Haeng loop, Pai, Muang Paeng, Tham Lot, and many other fantastic places that are not on the maps.­

We were lucky to be in the Phanom Rung historical park during the annual festival, during which the history and legends associated with this religious monument are re-enacted by hundreds of actors, dancers and musicians in a very impressive celebration.­

We also had the chance to be in Chiang Mai during Songkran, the Thai New Year (April 13th through the following week-end).­ During this holidays period, a Thai tradition consists in throwing copious amounts of water to others as a way to wish a happy new year.­ Chiang Mai's old defensive moat provide a endless source of water for the occasion.­

Camera used: Sony DSC F828 (8 Mega-pixel) with 4GB Microdrive.­