Wat Baan Waeng or Heaven and Hell.

50 km’s north of Udon Thani where we now live is Wat Baan Waeng or Pho Chai Sri as it is also known.

It is home to larger than life statues and sculptures which depict the heaven and hell side of Buddhism. So in other words if you stray from the path of the five precepts of Buddhism then “Hell” is what awaits you.

It shows the fate or karma of these individuals and the gory fates that await them for their sins.

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Initially when we pulled into the temple we were met with the scene of monks sitting, children playing and stalls selling trinkets, spiritual items and a well. The water level of which is always very high so if you do want to peer down into the blackness then first remove your shoes before you step onto the plinth. The well according to local folktales just appeared!

Such tranquility that we  thought we had chanced upon the wrong temple(wat).

But no, if you follow the path lined with Buddhas statues you will be led through beautiful gardens, music playing, good food and drink everything that heaven is meant to be.

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Happy smiles and music playing.

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All plaques and writing are in Thai so it will enhance your visit if you have someone with you who can read Thai.

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The tree of life depicting the man or king at the top surrounded by ladies. Showing as flowers hanging from the tree of life.

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Do not be fooled!

You are now entering hell.

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You will then come upon statues showing the horrific torture that you would suffer if you went to hell. Depending on your sin your punishment would fit the crime. A liar would have his tongue removed and a thief his hands.

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Forced to climb the thorny tree or be eaten by the waiting dogs. It looks like he wasn’t quite quick enough.

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A liar…Off with your tongue!

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Boiling liquid!

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Cruelty to animals will not be tolerated.

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Karma reigns!  What goes around comes around as the saying goes.

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A fruitless gesture, begging for mercy I don’t think any mercy was going to be granted here.

I hope you enjoyed this trip through heaven and hell, it will be on my to visit again list as there is a temple being built in the middle of the lake there which promises to be a lovely tranquil place to sit and read or write.

I hope you enjoy!

 

 

19 thoughts on “Wat Baan Waeng or Heaven and Hell.

    1. Carol Post author

      Yes, it was, Mary but although gory it was in a sort of quirky way..the figures were quite crude and made out of some sort of well it looked like painted paper mache … 🙂

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  1. PaulAndruss

    Now Carol, this is what I call a theme park. I have always found Thai Buddhism a much happier religion than Indian Buddhism… where it all started- which can be quite bleak. The Thai people seem to impart their own vitality into it. Pxx

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      1. PaulAndruss

        I think like most great religious leaders Carol the Buddha was a bit of a misery guts! Buddhism in Sri Lanka is very fatalistic- ie its not worth doing anything coz you cant change anything. Px

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      2. Carol Post author

        Yes in some cultures it seems that way Paul here quite often Buddha is depicted as being happy and fun. I have a few images of real quirky fun Buddhas…Thailand certainly is the Land of Smiles 🙂 xx

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    1. Carol Post author

      The Buddhist concept of heaven and hell is entirely different from that in other religions. Buddhists do not accept that these places are eternal. It is unreasonable to condemn a man to eternal hell for his human weakness but quite reasonable to give him every chance to develop himself. From the Buddhist point of view, those who go to hell can work themselves upward by making use of the merit that they had acquired previously. There are no locks on the gates of hell. Hell is a temporary place and there is no reason for those beings to suffer there forever.

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      They are indeed but quite quirky which I love…There are quite a few around Thailand and from what I have read even more gory so may give them ones a miss…I don’t want spooky music etc.. Thank you for your visit 🙂

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