The Buddha Made of Stone
Langkawi! This was our third visit to this lovely island archipelago, and since being so we had planned to just relax and hang at the beach with the kids, for one week. Most of the touristy activities one is supposed to engage in when visiting Langkawi, we had already dealt with on previous visits. We opted to rent a car for three days, just to get around a bit easier with the kids and to get to the different beaches, or whatever urge we might come up with.
One thing that we had wondered about was the supposed giant Buddha, being carved in stone, that was under construction the last time we were here. It was then just a twenty-ish meter tall cliff, covered in scaffolding, accompanied by the sound of a rock drill. With the urge to know if it was ever completed, we headed toward the temple complex of Wat Koh Wanaram, where the rock is located. Yes it was finished, and what a sight!
The temple has shrines and Buddha statues all over the place and also a small pond with fish and a garden. All very nice and well kept. Just next to the main building they are now building some sort of assembly hall. I asked the monks if they knew when it was scheduled to be completed and they said that it will be done when done. I remembered that this is Malaysia and here some projects never get finished when out of funds, or in best case, they halt the construction until getting new funds, which can take years. I spoke a while with the monks, and then we headed off to new adventures at the Skull Beach, which can be read about here, at my wife’s blog.