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September 2018

Bung Ta Lua Public Park

Bung Ta Lua is a water park in Korat a large city 4hrs drive north of Bangkok. It has been continuously developed with cooperation of all the local government agencies, local government officers along with the Military base that is resident and local business interests and local people have worked hard to make this park a pleasurable place for everyone to share. . The waterfall inside the park was opened and dedicated to His Majesty the King Rama IX. In dedication and celebration of his auspicious Birthday Celebration, December 5, 1999. The Park is beautiful and clean, beautiful scenery, lovingly landscaped and has been developed with care of the environment in mind. Making it a welcoming place for anyone to come and relax or walk, often filled in the evenings with people spending time with family and friends, where stunning sunsets are to be seen. The Royal Development Projects have and continue to be carried out by military units of the 2nd Army Region based in Korat.

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Wat Nong Ya Ngam

Wat Nong Ya Ngam
Sometimes I think that we are so consumed with "ticking boxes" when we travel, that we miss the things that are right in front of us! Like this Wat, I know I have photographed many Wats, probably over 100 now, but It never ceases to amaze me when I discover another gem hidden away in plain sight. There isn't a lot of information on this particular Wat, what I can say is it a fully working one with a small monastery attached. In Thailand being a Buddhist country, temples play an important role in everyday life for Thai people. People go to the temple for merit making, prey to the Buddha for things such as good health, good fortune and wealth and to seek advice from monks. It is customary for young boys to ordain as a monk and live in the temple for a while, some for a short time, some for longer. It is believed that Buddhism was introduced to Thailand about 2,200 years ago when the emperor of India, Ashoka the Great, send monks to a great number of countries including Thailand to spread Buddhism. Nowadays, the vast majority of Thai people is Buddhist. Although Thai temples area called “Wat”, meaning temple, this term refers to the temple complex consisting of various buildings like the Ubosot (ordination hall), the Viharn where important Buddha images are kept and a Chedi, where Buddhist relics are enshrined.

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Wang Matcha - Korat

Wang Matcha Restaurant- Korat
Wang Matcha Restaurant - Nakhon Ratchasima- Thailand Wang Matcha* Restaurant is in Korat city about four km from the city centre, Korat. I don’t usually write about wining and dining but this is one place you will want to write home about and share with your friends. I haven’t come across a restaurant like this in Thailand. *wang - palace, matcha – fish Matchachat – Pisces, the 12th sign of the zodiac Matchanu – the son of Hanuman the monkey god and a female mermaid, Suvannamatcha in Ramakien, the Thai version of the Ramayana epic The layout of the restaurant Wang Matcha Restaurant consists of a huge lake about 150 m x 100 m with pavilions all round the lake that serve as dining rooms. The main restaurant building, where the kitchen is located, has both indoor and outdoor dining facilities. The small pavilions around the lake are suitable for small groups of friends who would like some privacy and to be away from the crowd. The whole place has a natural ambience with lots of trees, plants and garden lighting. There’s a windmill in the middle of the lake that’s lit up at night. Plus a pavilion of live music! The distance of the pavilion at the southern corner of the lake to the kitchen in the main building is about 150 m. How then are diners going to get their food in time? Simple, food is delivered by speed boats racing across the lake.

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