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Don't get me wrong. I am not entirely devoted to old stuffs of amulets. The image shown at the left are actually some mini statues crafted directly via rare earth glass block (you can called them as gem stones too, but I cannot remember their scientific names given..). These are craft of a gentleman whom Weerapong introduced me at the Hobbyist marker According to Mr. Yuk, all these rare-earth stone statues took quite a while to finish one a piece and all of them have been blessed by a famous local monk. I bought a unit from him as souvenir.. ) - the purple coloured one I acquired came at a great value of 2000 bahts (approx. RM200-00). Actually,I was told many antique Buddhist amulets were made from this kind of gemstones.
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However, this friend has a few amulets that truly deserve to showcase here in this site. In particular, I like his Soomdej Bangkhunprom and his Phra Khong images. Another interesting point I noticed is, many of the Thai men here at the northern region also has a Nang Phraya - it is not entirely a proprietary women favourite.
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Weerapong <email@example.com> also has a good taste for women. Other than his beautiful wife (who is a doctor attached to a local hospital), I am not sure if he is interested at a statue or more of the attractive lady who owns the store, he lad to to her stand and picked up a handsomely crafted old statue from Kampaeng Phet. Unfortunately, the lady doesn't speaks a word f English and I couldn't even picked up here name to give her the appropriate credit in this site.
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Some interesting reading rereference on Buddhist images in Northern Thailand - by a foreigner
Useful Links and References relating to Chiangmai:
Nice places: www.dharadhervi.com-every inch a Native Thai restaurant ; Elephant Rides + Rafting|
http://www.clickanddrink.net - a cozy place at Changklan Road to sufe with wide screen PCs, drinks, eat , make cheap distance calls + an I-Mac !
Accommodation: Midrange: Royal Princess Hotel | Amari Rincome - www.amari.com | High-end: Four Seasons - www.fourseasons.com
Minus the hickups on the first night, overall, the visit to Chiangmai was truly enjoyable. I have a nice companion, made a few new friends; plenty of good Thai food, fresh air ...plus a lot of shopping at night. Here is one of the many possible hidden talents you can find at the creative night plaza just next to the hotel I was staying.
It started by I passed by a store and was hooked up by a very soothing musical pieces. I stopped and inquired the source of the beautiful tunes the music plays. The store assistant who entertained me showed me a CD and I noticed he was actually the performing artist himself. huh ...it ended up with a friendly chat and eventually I gave him an extra bonus purchase - bought the remaining CDs ! Crazy as you think, but in Chiangmai, there are just seemed to have so many talents around.
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Credit: To all the good people who have contributed their own experience, resources or those who are kind enough in granting us the permission to use their images that appeared on this site. Mr. Wichian Phetratanamunee® (+6-012-2612207 (Malaysia);+66(0)74-421248 Thailand), my master and mentor all these years. My friend, Mr. Ho Fook Sang® from Ipoh, Perak (+06-0125388633, +605-5415433) who has been helping me all this long with wonderful source of information on Thai Buddha Imageries; my partner, Mr. Paul Lim, who shares the same passion together with me. Uncle Lim®, from TONG SOON Trading, Pudu Plaza (+06-012-9128391) who has given me some guidance relating to the background of some of the Thai amulets and lastly, Miss MaeV who helped me edit and patching some mistakes found on some of the pages in this site. Mr. Alan Tan "Arohka®" who contributes some of his excellent articles fro this site, Mr. Weerapong Srivichai®, (+6609999974) from Chiangmai News Co. Ltd. who has inspired me with so many new findings on Thai Amulets; Mr. "Ben", Col. Samay, Mdm Wannee, Mr Adisak® & many others who share so much passion towards construction of this website and not to mention all the time and effort spent by volunteered Co-Maintainers of the Message Board. Note: Certain content and images appeared on this site were taken by using a Canon PowerShot Pro-1, G2 and Sony digital cameras. Some materials appeared on this site were scanned from some leaflets, brochures or publications published in Thai and/or contribution from surfers who claimed originality of their work for educational purposes. The creator of the site will not be responsible for any discrepancies that may arise from such dispute except rectifying them after verification. Site made with an Apple IMac.