The first temple of Ao Nang was inaugurated on July 23rd with the presence of Somdej Praputtajarn (Sanit Chuan Panya) the abbot of Wat Traimit Withayaram Worawihan who got a ranking promotion on the 5th June 2015 as the Head Monk Dean of the East Region and the Committee of Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand at Ubosot Wat Traimit Withayaram Worawihan, Sampantawongse, Bangkok.
Located outside Ao Nang, just after the corner of the 3-way junction going to Ao Nam Mao, you can’t miss the Sri Development holy sacred theology and its beautiful golden statue, Loki State Ice Princess Bodhisattva Guan Kim that overlooks Ao Nang.
In Mahayana Buddhism, bodhisattva is the Sanskrit term for being with bodhi (enlightenment). A bodhisattva is anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has generated bodhicitta, which is a spontaneous wish to attain buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. A bodhisattva is one of the four sublime states a human can achieve in life (the others being an arhat, buddha and pratyekabuddha).
To reach the 9 meters tall and 4.9 meters wide statue and observe it closely, you will have to climb the 258 steps that lead to it. On your way to the top you will enjoy the decorations that light up the ascension by bumping into pink elephants, a dragon boat and even an eagle. Once you arrive to the top, you have the opportunity to take in the amazing view of Krabi’s limestone cliffs and palm trees.
At the foot of the stairs, a three floor pavilion has been built to welcome those who come to worship and house the monks. The first floor is designed to offerings, make merit and blessing ceremonies and sell Thai Buddhist amulets.
The second floor is for meditation and the third floor has been built to accommodate Sanit Chuan Panya when he comes to the temple.
This five million baht construction project is well enshrined by the monks whose mission is to protect this sacred contemplation site.