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Wang Saen Suk

A day out with Rick@Knees to visit what is popularly known as the hell garden in Wang Saen Suk.

After a couple of detours courtesy of Google maps which had the location in the wrong location; we arrived a temple where a cheerful bloke was having his ear inspected.

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There was then a pleasant stroll down an avenue with displays showing Buddhism’s greatest hits.

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At the end of the avenue the road opened out into a vision of hell, rendered crudely in concrete and painted in a style that could be summarised as “the toilet brush school”.

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The basic message is ‘if you have done anything wrong, you are fucked”; and the transgressions can be relatively minor.

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Special punishments are reserved for some.

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And I was pleased to see that husband murderers have a hard time.

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Surprisingly there was no punishment listed for monks that spend alms on mobile phones; clearly an update is required and I suggest an iPhone X up the arse might serve as a deterrent.

I have seen similar unpleasant displays on temple walls and I do wonder as to the mindset of the people that create these things, and of those who gaze upon the exhibits and believe there is any truth in the threats. Still, it was a fun way to spend a morning.

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