The Temple of the Golden Dragon, near Kanchanaburi, is the first temple Rose Jamieson visits on her quest to solve the riddle encrypted in her father's diary. Rose is the protagonist of my novel, Pursuit of the Golden Lily. It was beyond awesome to step into the landscape of my imagination. Surreal! For those who have read the book, you will understand...for those who will have the opportunity to do so once it is published, you will now have a visual reference to add to your imagination!
Wat Ban Tham (Temple of the Golden Dragon) is a Chinese Mahayana Buddhist temple, built six hundred years ago. The exquisitely carved four-headed dragon banisters slink down the length of the steps.
Up close, the dragon's mouth is impressive. Scary eyeballs!
As you walk into the central cavern, the sight of the immense golden Buddha statue is breathtaking. Seated on a throne, surrounded by smaller Buddhas, his peaceful countenance bespeaks the reverence emoted by visitors young and old alike.
Never too young....
The view from the top is well worth the walk up all the steps! Be prepared... it’s hot!
Thais of all ages along with people from around the world were happy to share a moment with us.
We three traveling girls were overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude to be in this sacred place.
Blessings to all!
Carol (Ruby) Rubin is posting a fabulous collection of her photographs onto a Flikr Album - Pursuit of the Golden Lily - check it out!