Day of Temples

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Jan 25, 2013

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Today The BCNU students joined us for temple tours. We began with breakfast at 9 am and then we left for the first temple at 9:30 am. The first temple we visited was from the 14th century. The Chedi is a tall pointed structure that contains a bone fragment and/or hair from either Buddha or an important monk of the time. This particular Chedi was built on top of an underground cave system. We were able to go into the caves where we saw remnants of original paintings and Buddha idols.

The second temple we visited was named after the seven peaks that were built on top of the temple. Once again the temple was very old. Students purchased souvenirs based on the year they were born. Some of them also participated in releasing small birds for good luck.

After lunch we went to the C Market where we got lunch. We ate lunch at the food court for 25 baht. Less than $1 J. After lunch we went to the Umbrella Factory. Today was the last day for the Umbrella Festival. The streets were blocked off and there were vendors everywhere. I believe all of the students bought things from her. They still make handmade umbrellas from wood. It was very interesting to watch. I have some great video of the workers doing everything by hand.

At 3 pm we went to the local hot spring. I spent the hour or so at the mineral bath area. I soaked my worn out feet in water that was around 103 degrees F. It felt very relaxing.

After the hot springs we dropped the students off at the Walking Street. This will be the last big (and cheap) shopping spree the students will have so they were eager to finish their shopping. Greg, Maew and I went to Fys Bakery to buy a birthday cake for Jeremy's BCNU buddy. Today is his 20th birthday and the students wanted to celebrate with a cake. On the way back to BCNC we stopped at a restaurant that is known for their Northern Thai style (Lanna) food. Everything was good except for one dish. Both Bri and I tasted the dish but we could not finish off our sample of food. We also ate frog unbeknownst to us. It was not bad but I am glad that Maew did not tell us what it was until after I ate it. After dinner we returned back to the college.

It was not long before the students returned home. We all sang, "Happy Birthday" and enjoyed very small pieces of birthday cake. After the party all of the BCNC, BCNU and MC buddies gathered outside to send up group lanterns. The students really enjoyed this event. This is unique to Thailand.
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