Today, we visit the town’s stunning temples and learn how to carve the festival candles.
iTravel’s second day in Ubon Ratchathani begins with shooting at our delightful hotel, Lai Thong, before we head out to the picturesque Sri Pra Doo Temple. Here we will be shooting the candle-carving process, which visitors can take part in, in preparation for the festival. We will also be admiring the beautiful Buddhist paintings inside the temple.
At midday we will enjoy a delectable lunch at Som Tam Jin Da, then journey on to Sri Ubon Rattanaram Temple, near Thung Sri Park. Here we will film the sculpting process of another kind of candle utilized in the festival and we will be interviewing the skilled local sculptors who make them. iTravel will also perform a traditional worship to Phra Kaew Bussarakam, a highly revered topaz image of the Buddha housed inside the chapel of this exquisite temple. This Buddha is only 12cm tall and is carved in the traditional Chiang Saen style; it is over a thousand years old and is Ubon Ratchathani’s most treasured possession. Every year the topaz Buddha is carried around the city in a grand procession on April 13, so all of the population can pay their respects to this exalted image.