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Thai Spirit Houses

A Strong Part of Thai Lives

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==Thai spirit houses==

What are spirit houses all about?

A Thai spirit house is a shrine to animist spirits. The house is intended to provide a shelter for spirits which could cause problems for the people if not appeased. Most Thais feel that if they don’t have a place for these spirits, they will rest in their own homes, so much better to make a dwelling for them to reside. Most houses and businesses in Thailand have a spirit house placed in a prominent spot, most often in a corner of the property. I have heard it is also beneficial if the spirit house is situated in front of a tree. The best location can be confirmed with a Brahman priest.

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The spirit of the land expects to be informed when a new business is started or improvements to an existing business are planned. If the spirits are not informed, and if permission is not respectfully requested, the spirits can indeed cause the venture to fail. So, when improvements are planned to the main building, improvements to the spirit house also need to be carried out.
There are nine guardian spirits, each offering a different type of protection. The guardian spirit of houses is called Phra Chaimongkhon and is a very powerful spirit. The guardian spirit of gardens and orchards is Phra Than Thirat. These two are the only ones to have permanent spirit houses built for them.

What do spirit houses look like?

The spirit house is normally in the form of a miniature temple and is mounted on a pillar. In Thailand you will come across spirit houses of all shapes, sizes and colours, and in fact they are also a common sight throughout many SE Asian countries. How big should a spirit house be? Well, the more important the house or business is, the more prominent and elaborate the spirit house will be. For example, the head offices of a Thai bank or a large embassy will have a very large spirit house, in fact probably a few. Some very famous ones such as the one that houses the Chiang Mai City Pillar are large enough to walk into.

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Each Morning Offerings

Offerings are left at the house every morning to propitiate the spirits. Food such as chicken, cookies and sweet desserts are offered as well as drinks such as tea, bottles of Fanta soda (with straws). Incense and candles are lit, flowers are set in place and all food offerings should be on the table in front of the spirit house.

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Do’s and Don’ts

• It is beneficial if the spirit house is situated in front of a tree.
• A spirit house pointing towards the North or North-East is considered especially lucky.
• A spirit house should not be placed to the left side of a door.
• A spirit house should not face towards a road or toilet.
• A spirit house should not be located within the shadow of the main property.

The Spirit House is one of the most fundamental features of Thai life even today and one of the most obvious. In Thailand devotion to Buddhism often shows itself in ritual within a temple while Thai devotion to the spirits and especially the Guardians of the land, shows itself in their own front gardens.

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Wat Mahathat - Mahathat Temple

Ayutthaya Thailand

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Wat Mahathat

As with most of the temples in Thailand that I have visited there are different times of the day which are best to visit. Beating the crowds is always number one priority, but also catching the temples in the best light is also very important. Wat Mahathat is no different and I think everyone will agree it looks majestically magical just as the sun is setting.

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Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand for 417 years, and in 1981 was awarded the prestigious prize of becoming a World Heritage Site. The building of Wat Mahathat is believed to have been started in 1374 A.D, but wasn’t finished until about 1390 A.D. Unfortunately Wat Mahathat was set on fire in 1767 A.D when Ayutthaya was sacked by the Burmese, and has since been in ruin.

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In my research I have found a few varieties on how the stone Buddha head became implanted within this tree. But I feel probably the most realistic is that during the sacking of Ayutthaya in 1767 A.D many Buddhist statues were destroyed by the invading Burmese Army, and this stone head somehow became entangled within the tree as it grew. The temple was deserted for more than 100 years, so ample time for extensive growth to have resulted around this famous head.

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The Long Table Bangkok

VIP DINING

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The Long Table Bangkok offers a stunning 25th floor view and trend-setting interior featuring the 25m long table and contemporary video art. Expertly designed by Graham Lamb, arguably one of Asia’s greatest interior designers, the Long Table has been wooing crowds for a while now.

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The Long Table don’t just focus on their food, but the total dining experience, delivering Thai inspired cuisine with a creative and distinctive twist.

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Chill out on their sprawling terrace to enjoy an exciting cocktail rustled up by Barman Ae. It’s a very popular bar for the after office crowd, found enjoying cocktails and cold beers most evenings. Sundowners, as they like to call it, is their Happy Hour from 5pm till 7.30pm. Check out the 3 dish offers. Very good value.

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Enjoy the very hip music from their list of international DJ's while dining. As the evening progresses enjoy your stay as the party gets into full swing. They have a wide range of DJ’s and tunes vary from Lounge Music to more Progressive House, to Acid Jazz on Sundays.
Not forgetting the food of course. For starters tonight I tried the Pomelo salad with prawn meat. To follow I went for Chilled Lobster and Avocado with heart of palm and tomato nam prick. Also Grilled Beef Salad with spicy herbs and baby spinach with black peppercorn vinaigrette.

Get yourself down there one day. They are situated on the 25th floor of the Column Building, on Sukhumvit Soi 16, Bangkok. Probably best to make a reservation, but not always needed, but try get there early to not be disappointed. Call 02 302 2557-9

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Wat Arun Bangkok

The Temple of Dawn

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Wat Arun is a well known landmark in Bangkok, and easily recognized with the most attractive structure of the center 80 metre high pagoda or Phra Prang decorated with a mosaic of multi-colours using Chinese porcelain. The outer four corners are Prangs which hold statues of Phra Phai, the God of the Wind.

This temple is classified as a principal class Royal temple. It is a fairly old temple, being built in the days of Thailand's ancient capital of Ayutthaya and originally known as Wat Makok. It has changed its name a few times. King Thaksin changed the name to Wat Chaeng. King Rama II restored the temple and gave it a new name as Wat Arunratchatharam. King Rama IV also made some additional restorations and again changed the temple's name to the present one as Wat Arunratchawararam. However it is more commonly given the name Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn.

Wat Arun is best viewed at sunset if viewed from the Bangkok side of the river. Take a trip on the Chao Phaya when you are next in Bangkok, and perhaps take a trip to Wat Arun. Probably a good idea is to take in the awesome sights of Wat Pho, and/or the Grand Palace on the same day trip.

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Le Beaulieu

Fine French Dining in Bangkok

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Repeatedly winning acclaim as one of the best restaurants in Bangkok. Chef Herve and his staff at Le Beaulieu are always busy creating superb French meals in Bangkok.

Conveniently located within walking distance from the famous Sukhumvit Road, Le Beaulieu is easy to find and is located inside the Asoke Residence on Soi 19 Bangkok. Le Beaulieu is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Herve’s professional staff will make sure your meal is perfect in every way, whether you need to relax or get down to a business lunch.

Yesterday, I ordered Fresh Crab & Avocado Salad, with a delicious cocktail sauce from the Executive Lunch, while my wife started off with Fresh Smoked Haddock Salad, with a mustard cream sauce. Both were exceptional to say the least. For our main we went for a generous portion of Steamed Seabass Fillet, with Ratatouille sauce with Italian basil and Roasted Pork Fillet Mignon, with Ratte potato purée with a succulent red pepper sauce. Amazing taste sensations!!

Well worth a visit for everyone who enjoys dining perfection.

Reservations by phone are highly recommended on 02 204 2004 or 081 584 0650. You can also check out their website at http://le-beaulieu.com

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