After a second breakfast (egg and chips), we walked a few metres down the road from our hotel to Wat Visonnarath, built in the 1500s by the king of the time. He chose to build it in the Khmer style which was typical several centuries earlier.
When the stupa was built it was filled with jewellery and statues of the buddha, but it was looted in 1887 when an earthquake caused cracks in the structure. Most recently the stupa was renovated in 1932.
Inside the temple were lots of buddha statues, some of them very old
some of them very new
many of them rather beautiful
standing in the light
(that’s what the posture with out-facing palms means)
calling for rain
arms at the sides, palms facing into the body – these buddhas are calling for rain
the three siddharthas
buddha in siddhartha form
— words & pictures by Elizabeth