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Snake Temple & Mahachai New Market in the suburb of Bangkok

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You will never go wrong if you wanted to seek for some thrill of some very surprising travel adventure by heading to the Land of Unseen capital @ Bangkok. Before this, I have wrote about my travel stories in Bangkok about seeking the secret of what lies beneath the Thai horror movie blockbuster Phi Maak a sequel to Nang Nak (one of Thailand's best horror movie ever produced) that captured such a good cinema collections which story based on what would have been said to be a true life tale of Lady Nak. The story touched on how Lady Nak (a Thai woman ghost based on Phi Maak & Nang Nak movie) chased after her husband (Phi Maak) and other fellow villagers of where all of them then seek shelter at a Thai temple @ Wat Mahabut in Phra Khanong district in Bangkok aka On Nut from Lady Nak's assault. In this Bangkok travel series, I happened to came across this snake temple located in the suburb of the Land of Amazing capital of Rama 2. This temple yet again offers travellers who would like to see something different from the usual travel sights in Bangkok and get to know the stories behind what resulted in such events came into reality for people to see and remembered. According to local source, the land which the snake temple was built was a forested area originally slated for some sort of developments. Just before the supposed developments took place, the engineer in charge of the development was said to have dreamt of a snake who told him to differ the constructions on the land because it was about to lay eggs there. However, he did not belief what he dreamt of was true and thought nothing of what would happened as a consequences of continuing his action to start construction works as planned. When constructions began, the engineer who was about to get to work one morning, accidentally knocked down his child when he was reversing his car not realising that the child was at the rear of it. After that incident, he started to think why such tragic accidents would have happened to him and came to realised the dream about the snake he had beforeThereafter,because of fear of causing more miseries or any untoward incidents, constructions on the said land stopped immediately.

The Snake Temple at Rama 2 Bangkok
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Prayers items on sale including fresh eggs at the Snake Temple Rama 2
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The altar at the concourse of Snake Temple of Rama 2
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Today, what can be seen at the said land was where the snake temple came into existence. While the surroundings of the temple has seen developments of mall, shop houses, office buildings and industrial lots, the area on where the snake temple stands remain as just the temple,which is a single storey structure with a quite distinctive yellow paints. The temple is located right at the front of pedestrian bridge. At the concourse of the temple, there was a wooden altar on the left where devotees would be seen offering prayers before proceeding to the main altar inside the covered temple. The main altar had the snake (cobra) sculpture with a confrontational position accompanied by a standing man & woman effigy with another boy and girl statue all in Indian style traditional costume (depicting 4 in a family). On the background of the cobra and the 4 family members were many other smaller cobras effigy. Eggs were also seen being offered as part of prayer items apart from the usual jossticks and candles. Whether what was being told were of truth or was just myth, I think everything happened for some reason or reasons. You might think what this temple have to do with you. Actually there was none but perhaps it does no harm to get a glimpse of it and if you belief that it will changed your life journey, you can try to pray for what you seek for.

The interior of Snake Temple Rama 2 with the Cobra Snake flanked by a family of 4 comprising of father,mother,son and daughter. On the rear of the cobra were some smaller cobra effigy

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Not too far away from the snake temple is where the Mahachai fresh market is located. Mahachai market was known as one of the largest seafood market in Bangkok or even Thailand. Nevertheless, there appeared to be another Mahachai market which was the one noted to be the tagging as a market that offers biggest fresh seafood selection. The one which is in Rama 2 area near the Central Rama 2 shopping mall where I visited was indeed a fresh market known as Mahachai New Market with an adjacent food and consumer market located just next to the fresh market. Though Mahachai New Market offers a lot lesser fresh seafood than its older counterpart located further down to the south, there were actually some surprises after taking a stroll inside the sheltered market which not only has range of selections of seafood items but also dry seafood products mostly produced from squids as well as shrimps and its sub products, salty fish and seafood snacks can be sighted displayed and sold at most of the market stalls. Street food such as skewers also being sold within the market. It was a total surprise to me as I was able to check out 2 amazing places in suburb of Bangkok in Rama 2 district and seek out some untold stories about a snake temple located on Greater Bangkok as well as a seafood and fresh market which not usually known to tourists other than Bangkok residents or Thais living in Rama 2 and its surroundings. Perhaps if opportunity came about, I shall check out the other Mahachai market which is well known to Bangkokians and Thais.

MAHACHAI NEW MARKET AND SOME OF THE FRESH SEAFOOD
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SEAFOOD SNACKS & DRY SEAFOOD ITEMS @ MAHACHAI NEW MARKET
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Posted by kidd27 08:03 Archived in Thailand

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