Sunday, February 24, 2013

Immaculate Concepcion Church : Thailand

I had the privilege to visit Immaculate Concepcion Church at Chantaburi Thailand late last year.  My work place is just an hour drive to Chantaburi and upon knowing through my research online that the biggest Catholic church in Thailand can be found at Chantaburi, I didn't think twice and told myself that I wanted to visit the church.  So, I planned for a 2 days off and headed to Chantaburi right after I left the office.  

I stayed at KP Hotel which is one of the well known hotel in Chantaburi and located right at the center of this beautiful town.  I have chosen this hotel for it's complete facilities having a gym, a pool and sauna.  The following day, I approached the front desk clerk and asked her the way going to Immaculate Concepcion Church.  It was fast and easy!  I just hired a motor taxi (this is how they call it in Cambodia and Thailand) and asked the driver to bring me to the church.  The church is very near to the hotel where I stayed.  Just 6 minutes drive by motor taxi.  In fact, if you love to walk, you can very well do so as it is within walking distance.  However, the sun was shining very bright that day and I was a bit reluctant to have a walk.

As I reached the church, I felt amazed with it's beautiful architecture.  The design of the church is a little bit similar to Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon which I also visited nearly 2 years ago.  I know that majority of the Thai people are Buddhist and I was surprised to see a well built Catholic church with many elements of old European design combined with Thai elements of woods.  I love it's ceiling. Looks elegant.  I heard that this church was built in 1906, nearly 10 years of French occupation of the said town.

If you happen to go to Chantaburi, this church will be worth a visit. 

As what I always normally do when I visit a church the very first time, I uttered a simple prayer with a simple wish. and I think my wishes are coming true. :)

Front view of the church

 Side view of the church
I asked the Thai Driver to take my pic and he obliged willingly :)

 inside the church

church ceiling

church compound 

Grotto at the church compound 

Beautiful architecture

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Travel Memorabilia's been a while since my last post here and now I'm back with a simple tip to share for keeping your travel memorabilia.  Found this from my Pinterest board and I like the idea of coming up with a photo frame with the map of the country that you have visited used as a matting.  I find this interesting and I hope that I could make some for my recent trips. This is really cool!

                              Source: via Kate on Pinterest
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