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Suphanburi - Temple of Hell and 100-year old market

If you want to have a look at how Buddhists in the old days convinced their children and themselves to follow the rules of Buddhism, Wat Phai Rong Wua in Suphanburi is the place to go. Every bad deed leads to a punishment that is made very visual in this temple, so visual that one of my Thai friends still looks back in horror to her visit as a child. The offending body parts are enlarged and the punishment is usually directed right there. Besides the images of hell,  the temple also sports the world's highest metal cast Buddha, with a height of 26 meters, a whole series of Indian-style buildings and statues, and an impressive cemetery with hundreds or even thousands of Buddha statues dressed in orange. Wat Phai Rong Wua

Further away in the same direction is the 100-year old Sam Chuk market | สามชุก ตลาด 100 ปี with lots of food and great stuff, a big, local market in original wooden houses selling clothes, local food and snacks, vintage and classic toys and household items, etc.. I was especially taken by the big collections of original and newly made tin wind-up toys and the monster meat balls. There's also a walkway along the river. 

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