The Profoundly Colorful and Magical Naja Chinese Temple in Chonburi, Thailand

Are you prepared for some seriously astounding architecture and color?

I ask because we weren’t when we visited the Naja Chinese Temple and I feel the need to forewarn you!

Upon arriving there on yet another one of our uneventful weekends, we were aghast at the beauty of even just the entrance of the temple. When walking in, we saw a plethora of different statues, shrines, and structures. Dragons swirled around color-drenched pillars as we made our way to a large tent-like structure that was to the left of the main temple itself.

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The entrance to the Naja Chinese Temple  20150221_150701_resized

The fountain in the middle of the entrance

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Me in front of the main temple

Inside, there were many places to donate and pray. There was also a large assortment of demigods and deities, dressed in necklaces made of brightly-colored flowers.

So, listen: as much as I would love to attempt to portray to you in words how truly beautiful this temple was, I feel that they would fail me (and you), so I think simply showing you our pictures and videos would do a much better job.

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Inside the tent-like structure for donations and prayer

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The stairs into the main temple; a couple of statues in the main temple

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On the second floor of the main temple, looking at the large bell and drum

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Some absolutely amazing statues; one of them up close (sorry for the photo, sign); and one of the murals in the same room

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The balcony from the second floor overlooking the entrance

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Then, we headed out of the temple in search of some nourishment. Across the street, we found a 7/11, where we got some bottled water, and then right outside of it (practically attached to the building) was a little set-up for some Chinese food! So, we ordered some wonton soup. And, it was the absolute best wonton soup we had ever had! I would have taken a picture of it, but we ate it too fast to take one! It was definitely a wonderful day!

Have you ever been to a Chinese temple? What was your take on it?

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