I took this picture in the Sanctuary of True, wonderful wooden Buddhist temple on the North of Pattaya.
The sanctuary is an all-wood building filled with sculptures based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs. The building is close to 105 meters (345 feet) high (according to local publicity brochure 100 meteres high, 100 meteres long, area 2,115 m sq -nov 2012) and covers an area of more than two rai. It features contemporary Visionary art based on traditional religious themes. The project was initiated as an idea of Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphant in 1981, and is scheduled to be complete in 2025.
The style of the Sanctuary evokes Khmer architecture, displaying hand-carved wooden sculptures indicative of the imperial setting at Angkor. It has four gopura, respectively representing images from the Buddhist and Hindu religions and mythologies of Cambodia, China, India and Thailand.
According to the official website, its purpose is to use art and culture as "a reflection of the Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. Within this complex, visitors will understand Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, Cycle of living, Life Relationship with Universe and Common Goal of Life toward Utopia"
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Noel_Byrne (32544) 2013-04-02 8:14
What a beautiful place, I love the depth you have achieved with all the differing layers in the shot, and framing it in the doorway like this brilliant.
Lovely note too, its a very good purpose to have a sanctuary like this.
Thanks for sharing
rogerl (1620) 2013-04-02 14:32
Beautifully framed shot; I like the feeling of "nesting" you've achieved, with at least four different levels of carvings. The detail on the wood is pretty amazing, and you've captured it nicely, both in the highlights and the shadows.
emka (102708) 2013-04-02 23:48
perfectly composed shot with so many arches in arches. Interesting temple and excellent presentation of Thai architecture.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-04-03 1:12
beauitful Temple!despite quite difficult light you achieved here really good outcome.The FG of the scene is excellently framed using the natural elements of the Temple.Superb presentation!
Have a nice day
dkmurphys (62129) 2013-04-03 1:17
Spectacular composition with amazing elements. Well taken, true exotic scene.
Oceania (5202) 2013-04-03 6:36
This wooden temple is truly beautiful. Look those carving details. So, we have to admire craftsmanship and culture of this Asian country.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2013-04-03 6:49
This temples have so many textures and shapes and details that lose your mind. The light is excellent and your pov creates depth and perspective.
Have a nice evening,
jhm (156594) 2013-04-04 4:05
I see here a wonderful artwork all in wood.
You play wonderful with light and shade.
Excellent composition and nice presentation
A very nice picture. TFS
jcpix (13930) 2013-04-04 18:50
Smooth composition Serghei, this is really neat! Such beauty and intricate design, and so very well framed. This had to have been some difficult light, but you've managed it splendidly to allow for precise detail. The colors are captivating, they almost feel a little unreal until they reach the darker, more reddish tones. Amazing that this is all wood, glad you supplied such good notes, I would never have guessed it to be that of all things!? Great shot, thanks for sharing this beauty! Have a great day.
All the best,
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-04-05 7:45
Awesome capture of those intricate and ornate carvings and the statue, it's a unique pov. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
(I'm leaving this morning for Bullhead City, Arizona, which about 100 miles south of Las Vegas, for an air show tomorrow April 6th. With scheduled appearance by a B-25 bomber, Spitfire, Japanese zero and other warplanes.)
Graal (103036) 2013-04-06 0:08
unusual place and view. Interesting details. Good symmetry and composition. Well done photo and presentation here.
Have a nice day.
ikeharel (74825) 2013-04-06 0:55
Olly after I opened the thumbernail, I came to realize the beauty of this wooden art elements.
Outstanding marvelous viwe through, perfect clear details, depth into it's inner part, framed with a fantastic carved arch.
An impressive view, immaculate clarity.
Have a nice weekend,
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-04-06 14:01
Great shot of Buddha with exceptional sharpness and framing.Superb light management and clarity of the shot.Excellent composition, very well done, TFS.
s_lush (16596) 2013-04-07 9:21
Похоже, что год назад ты побывал в экзотических местах с очень интересной архитектурой. Этот богато украшенный храм, несомненно может претендовать на звание памятник архитектуры. Видно, что потребовалось очень много работы, зато получилось исключительно красиво и художественно. А за счет умело выбранной композиции и плавных переходов от света к тени и между разными оттенками красного и коричневого цветов получился исключительно интересный снимок.
Urs (14082) 2013-04-08 6:26
The POV of this shot is superb, a play will all the gates leading to the sanctuary, Very well seen and executed with great precision like a Swiss clockwork.
Where I was? 2011 and 2012 I had far too much work that I could visit TE often. And early this year I broke my left wrist and had a surgery. Now I'm still recovering, so I got some time for TE.
How are you?
jmdias (66403) 2013-04-26 2:53
this temple looks much more hinduist than budhist.interesting this angle catching these details and addornments. nice job,.