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Viharn Sien / Viharnra Sien / Anek Kusala Sala Temple, Chonburi, Thailand.

One of the Jade Statues is of Guanvin, the Chinese Mercy Goddess or Goddess of Mercy. Some of the items here are from the Ming Dynasty ( the Empire of the Great Ming Dynasty  was the ruling dynasty of China for 276 years from  1368 to 1644  after the collapse of the Mongol led Yuan dynasty). These Jade statues are very intricate in their design  and look amazing to see them for real and without restrictions. I dread to think what they would cost you in a shopping mall!

On the third or top floor, it leads to the outside, where you will find the 18 Shaolin Monk statues in bronze, depicting the methods of 18 stances in the art, along with other figures from Chinese folklore. Two large Pavilions each side of the main Temple hold Thai art exhibits and Chinese art exhibits. The days I was there on the 24th June and the 30th June 2014 the tiles outside on the top floor were burning my feet, it was so hot.

The view from the top includes the Khao Chee Jan and the mighty Wat Yansangwararam tower emerging from the tree tops. The view from the top floor is impressive. It takes in many of the sightseeing venues you can visit near this Temple. What was unusual was that on the second and third floor both the rooms had expensive Chinese carpets on the floor, which everyone could walk on. I wondered how long they would remain like that.

However remember no shoes are allowed in this Temple throughout, which is one saving grace. This Chinese Temple is around 20 kilometres from Pattaya city, leave the Sukhumvit road on the kilometre 160 exit. The Temple is open between 08.00 am and 05.00 pm everyday. There is a restaurant to eat outside near the ticket booth if you get hungry. I must admit, I did not try this as I had many more venues to cover that day.

Two photos on the left and right are the views from Viharn Sien Temple, the top one across to Khao Chee Jan, the laser etched Buddha and the bottom one is Wat Yansangwararam a well known Temple in the area of Banglamung Mountains in Chonburi Province.