Temple of Hell and Paradise in Pattaya: reviews, photos, route
40 km from the famous Thai resort of Pattaya is the resort town of Bang Saen, the main attraction of which is Wang Saen Suk Hell or the Temple of Hell and Paradise.
The garden at the Buddhist monastery presents numerous sculptural compositions illustrating the posthumous fates of sinners and the righteous.
What will happen after death? There is no person of any religion or culture who is not interested in this eternal question. All religions preach the concept of the posthumous punishment of sinners. An illustrative sculptural illustration of the Buddhist hell is this very peculiar place.
“Welcome to hell!” — this encouraging inscription welcomes visitors at the entrance. It should be taken seriously, because the spectacle to be seen can take too impressionable people out of emotional balance. The Temple of Hell and Paradise is divided into 2 unequal parts, with 80% of the territory set aside for hell.
According to Thai belief, donations made in the hell garden can avert unhappiness. Money should be lowered into the hole in the stomach sculpture at the entrance to the garden. The number of baht donated must be equal to the sum of the last 2 digits of the year of birth and age in years. You can influence your own karma with good deeds directly in the garden. To do this, you can buy and set free the birds or feed the fish and turtles in the pond.
The beginning of the exposure pacifies. Tourists see sculptural images depicting the life path of the Buddha, his deeds, communication with students and animals. Other compositions show the righteous, who meditate or walk in the Garden of Eden under the good eyes of the Buddha.
They endured his posthumous judgment and enjoy eternal bliss. One of the compositions just shows two people on the court. Then, on the approach to hell, there is an alley with images of animals of the year according to the Chinese calendar, and sculptures condemning the non-observance of simple everyday rules.
The rest of the temple shows the naturalistic scenes of the afterlife of Buddhist sinners in hell. We must pay tribute to the creators of the sculptures — they are really impressive and frightening. The figures look grotesque, which somewhat softens negative emotions. However, the resulting emotional jolt is forever stored in the memory and can affect the future actions of the people who have been here. First of all it refers to the Thais.
In the center of the man-made hell are giant emaciated figures of a man and a woman with exhausted faces and huge tongues. The inscription next calls not to succumb to the diabolical temptations and to make sacrifices for purification from sins.
Next to them is a cauldron with sinners cooking in it. The compositions around clearly show what kind of punishment awaits sinners after death. This is not only about the Thais, for the explanatory inscriptions are also duplicated in English.
The insides of the killers will be pecked by the birds. The bodies of serial killers will be chipped. Thieves will be cut off the hands, and drunkards will be poured boiling lead into their throats. For disrespect for elders break the spine. The larynx is pulled out from the foul words.
Posthumous destinies of violators of traditional moral precepts are unenviable. Adulterers will be forced to climb up and down a tree with sharp spikes. Ravens will peck at them from above, and prick them from the bottom. The belly of women who used contraceptives is compressed with an iron press.
Rape and abortion are punished with a stake in the genitals. The face of transvestites after death will be on the navel. According to the Buddhist faith, sinners after death turn into different animals according to their sin. Rogues will become toads, bribe takers — pigs, hooligans — crocodiles. Defilers of nature will be goats, drug dealers will be cows, and arsonists will turn into snakes.
How to get there
You can come to Bang Saen by hiring a local minibus minibus in Pattaya. Another option is to take a bus to Bangkok to get to the Sukhumvit highway. Then, paying $ 2, sit in a minibus to Bang Saen. You can get here from Bangkok by bus, departing from the metro station Victory Monument.
Travel time is one and a half hours, cost is $ 3. Well-off travelers can also take a taxi. The fare from Pattaya is $ 14, and from Bangkok — $ 28. On the outskirts of Bang Saen there is a banner pointer to the temple. The landmark is the green and yellow roof of the monastery. You can ask the way and the locals.
The main visitors of the temple are Thais. Especially a lot of them on Saturdays and Sundays. Farangam (as Thais call foreigners), not fond of fuss, it is better to be here on weekdays. The temple is open until 18:00. The entrance is free.