Candle Festival: Day 3, July 25
Today is our last day in Ubon Ratchathani and our adventures begin bright and early with an 8am visit to Thung Sri Maung Temple, which dates back to approximately 1829. While the temple is stunning in its own right, with its exquisite traditional architecture and graceful wooden structures, it is most famous for its old library, known as Ho Trai. It is surrounded by a lush rectangular lotus pond, an old architectural device used to protect the palm-leaf scriptures from insect damage. Only a few of these scriptures are now housed here, for visitors to see; the rest are carefully stored in air-conditioned surroundings to protect them for posterity. During our visit to this temple iTravel will examine the library and we will also be filming more candle carving for the city’s festival.
From the temple we will journey on to Ubon Ratchathani National Museum, where we will spend two hours shooting. This fascinating museum is housed in what was once the city hall and features a variety of ancient artifacts including traditional Ubon textiles, a 2500-year-old Dong Son bronze drum and, most special of all, a 9th century statue depicting Shiva and his consort Uma, one of only two such statues to be found in Thailand.
After admiring the exhibits in this intriguing museum iTravel will tuck into a tasty lunch at Wat Klang Noodle – situated, as the name suggests, in front of Klang Temple – before reluctantly bidding a fond farewell to Ubon Ratchathani and catching our flight back to Bangkok, aboard THAI Smile Airways WE 25.