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Sunday, November 15, 2009
Hell Park at Wat Muang in Ang Thong
Wat Muang is a famous temple in Ang Thong province with a large Buddhist theme park. Above we see the Chinese Shrine to Bohisattva Guanyin.
The Thousand Arm Guanyin statue inside the shrine.
The temple has 2 Ubosots, Gold and Silver. This is the gold one.
Another angle of the Ubosot. It has Chinese Dragon guardians and many lotus sculptures outside.
The silver Ubosot is where the monks perform their daily chantings. There are many Lersi statues outside.
Inside the silver Ubosot. It is filled with mirrors creating an effect of infinite space.
The undecaying body of Ajarn Kasem, the previous abbot. It is venerated inside the silver ubosot.
Arjan Kasem's bucha and photo portrait. He passed away relatively young.
The large golden Buddha statue of Wat Muang - Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin. Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin towers over the Hell Park and the entire temple. I took a video of the statue and its surroundings. Now we come to the Hell Park. This is Phra Malai preaching to the hell-beings on Uposatha days.
The barbed tree where sinners who commit sexual misconduct are forced to climb up and down by the torturers and their hell-hounds.
A woman sinner who like to cheat others being hanged by her limbs and mercilessly slashed by her torturer.
Sinners who are addicted to alcohol and other intoxicants are force to drink boiling metal liquid by the torturers.
Sinners who constantly lied, abused or slandered others have their tongues hooked in hell, or are forced through the meat grinder.
Those who killed, murdered or slaughtered other beings are themselves slaughtered alive by the torturers in hell. They die and keep coming back to life to go through the same torments again and again due to the force of their own evil karma.
And there are the thieves and robbers, who are impaled and sawed up in hell.
Tall statues of male and female hungry ghosts, who have to suffer constant hunger and thirst.
The ungrateful sinners who repay kindness with evil are thrown into the wok of boiling oil to be fried alive.
The Hall of hell where King Yama and his judges decide on the appropriate punishments for the sinners, in accordance to the unwholesome deeds that they have committed. Every good or evil karma done shows up in the judges' record books without fail.
A statue of Phra Sivali, the symbol of great merit. Indeed merit is the thing that sustains all beings; for without merit beings are doomed to suffer endlessly in the wheel of Samsara. The Hell Park serves to reminds us to avoid evil and make as much merit as we can when we are alive. Once we die and fall into the lower realms, it will be too late to repent.