Welcome to the new isantraveller

Isantraveller will be back with new posts, focusing on travels to Buddhist temples and monasteries of North-East Thailand, otherwise known as Isan.

The site aims to reflect something that I became aware of after visiting many Buddhist temples and monasteries — that they are not all the same, though they may seem so to the weary traveller. They share many features but each reflects the particular interests of the founding abbot and his followers, and the local people who have supported them over the years. Undoubtedly, they also reflect the wealth or lack of it of those supporters.

These two gateways illustrate what I mean: the one simple and fairly plain, the other ornate. They both stand beside the same road, some 10 kms apart.

 

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