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Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

  posted: Thursday 20 December 2012 (View 5,685 views)

Hello everybody who loves travelling. Today Miraculous Traveling in Thailand will let you know the story about lifestyles of monks and novices in Chiang Rai. It is another story of Unseen Thailand. We would like to introduce you the story of “monks riding horses for food being offered”. Several of you may have known this from media. For this article, the Admin rearranges with the objective to present and describe the story of lifestyles of monks and novices of the Golden Horse Monastery. We would like to show you the lifestyles of monks and novices which have not been much publicized through media.

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Contents rearranged by  Miraculous Traveling in Thailand
Thanks for the illustrations from Kha Phra Buddha Chao, monks riding horses for food being offered
Referential Data: Tourist Information Service Center of Chiang Rai, paiduaykan
VDO from youtube by Chomboon Limcharoen

The story of monks riding horses for food being offered at the Golden Horse Monastery is the story which several of you may have read or known through media both from television and from internet. As the Golden Horse Monastery is located far from the villages, it is very troublesome for the monks in going out for food being offered. As a result, the monks and novices have to ride horses for food being offered in the villages located far from the Golden Horse Monastery.

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

The Golden Horse Monastery is located in the remote area on the high hill in Srikham Sub-district, Maejan District, Chiang Rai. The abbot of this Monastery is “Kruba Neauchai Kosito”. Apart from riding horses for food being offered, the monks in the Golden Horse Monastery also ride horses in traveling to publicize the doctrine. This story is very rare and is considered as one of the Unseen Thailand.

“Kruba Neauchai Kosito”, the abbot of the Golden Horse Monastery

“Kruba Neauchai Kosito”, the abbot of the Golden Horse Monastery

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

“Kruba Neauchai Kosito”

“Kruba Neauchai Kosito”

As most hill tribes believe in ghost and Christ following the persuasion of the westerners who come to develop their well-being, the villagers rarely understand the doctrine of Kruba Neauchai. Sometimes he has been assaulted by the hill tribes. However, with his determined intention in improving the better life of hill tribes, he tries to persuade the mistaken hill tribes, for example, drug-dealing and drug trafficking along the border of Thailand-Burma, to change to work honestly as well as giving the cooperation in taking care and protecting Thailand. Kruba Neauchai is very kind and generous to help suffered people and train them with Buddhist doctrine in the same time.

Children are helping one another in carrying the construction materials for constructing the pagoda of Lao Lew Archanai Temple (branch temple along the border of Thailand-Burma) (photo of activities to make merits in 2012)

Children are helping one another in carrying the construction materials for constructing the pagoda of Lao Lew Archanai Temple (branch temple along the border of Thailand-Burma) (photo of activities to make merits in 2012)

Kruba Neauchai tries to persuade the villagers to participate in the monastery’s activities. He tries to persuade the hill tribes to send their sons to be ordained. The hill tribes both children and adults are educated. Kruba Neauchai takes care of preparing food for the villagers who come to the monastery for studying, listening to the doctrine, or participating in the monastery’s activities. Apart from receiving knowledge and morality concepts, the villagers who come to the monastery for studying, listening to the doctrine, or participating in the monastery’s activities also receive the food including the utensils to be brought to their homes. The things given to the monastery by people, Kruba Neauchai gives nearly all of them to the villages. Only few things remain for the monks and novices to use. In case of some villages located in the remote area and be inconvenient for coming to the monastery. The abbot and the monks will ride the horses across the mountains to bring the things given to the monastery by people to give to those villagers by themselves.

Before knowing the lifestyles, the Admin would like to show you the natural scenery of forests and environment of the Golden Horse Monastery. Several of you may want to see the pure nature which you can see in these following pictures:

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

After riding horse for the distance of more than 5 kilometers, Kruba Neauchai including the monks and novices will receive the food offered by the villagers in the area of Larn Phrakaew from 07.00 AM – 07.30 AM. In case of a lot of villagers coming to offer food to the monks, the duration will be extended to 8 AM. Some parts of things offered by the villagers, Kruba Neauchai will give them to the poor hill tribes.

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

 

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Observing the lifestyles of monks riding horses at the Golden Horse Monastery, Chiang Rai

Nowadays, the Golden Horse Monastery has 12 branch temples along the border of Thailand-Burma. There are more than 100 horses, 10 cattle, and 60 hill tribe workers both children and adults. Kruba Neauchai permits the hill tribes, teachers, police, and soldiers living in the area to borrow those horses for usage.

Phayaphrai Temple is one of the branch temples of the Golden Horse Monastery. The construction is ceased and very ruined. There is no electricity and tap water apart from tap water from mountain.

Phayaphrai Temple is one of the branch temples of the Golden Horse Monastery.

Phayaphrai Temple is one of the branch temples of the Golden Horse Monastery.

Buddha Image Hall (temporary) of Huay Yuak Pa So Temple (branch temple)

Buddha Image Hall (temporary) of Huay Yuak Pa So Temple (branch temple)

Buddha Image Hall (temporary) of Huay Yuak Pa So Temple (branch temple) which had fallen from the storm is now temporarily restored with the dedication of villagers in the area. The restoration will be conducted again after the end of Buddhist lent.

Huay Yuak Pa So Temple, one of the branch temples of the Golden Horse Monastery

Huay Yuak Pa So Temple, one of the branch temples of the Golden Horse Monastery

It is one of the Unseen at the Golden Horse Monastery. There are the carved Buddha images on the rock cliff. They are the Buddha images of the 7 days in 8 gestures which Kruba Neauchai orders his craftsman disciples to carve on the rock cliff in the area connected with the concession area of stone mill in 1992 in order to definitely indicate the area for preventing the invasion of concession line in the future. Nowadays, the area is still the rock mountain and the Buddha images are still on the rock cliff for being venerated by Buddhist.

Carved Buddha images on the rock cliff

Carved Buddha images on the rock cliff

Utensils given to the Monastery by people, for example, rechargeable flashlights, rice and dried food

Utensils given to the Monastery by people, for example, rechargeable flashlights, rice and dried food

Utensils given to the Monastery by people, for example, rechargeable flashlights, rice and dried food

Utensils given to the Monastery by people, for example, rechargeable flashlights, rice and dried food

After the story of the monks riding horses for food being offered has been publicized through media, a lot of tourists pay attention to it. The Golden Horse Monastery, therefore, is invited to attend the project of “Unseen Thailand” in 2014 by Tourism Authority of Thailand. This event takes Kruba Neauchai 3 years in deciding to attend the mentioned project. This is form the awareness that when the tourism approaches, the lifestyles of villagers and hill tribes will be affected.

Traveling :
1. Take the route of Chiang Rai – Maejan passing Maejan District for around 1 kilometer until reaching the left junction to Doi Maesalong. Pass the road in front of Maesalong Village. Drive straight for the distance of around 5 kilometers until reaching the right junction with the police booth. Turn right and drive following the sign board indicating Temple of Monks Riding Horses/ The Golden Horse Monastery.

2. Take the route of Chiang Rai – Maesai (Highway No. A1). Drive along in the distance around 28 kilometers from Meaung District to Maejan District, about 4 – 5 kilometers far from Maejan District, you will reach the entrance of the Golden Horse Monastery (the road beside Maekamluang Temple). There are signs and arrows indicating the direction along the way. Go straight for around 5 – 7 kilometers. Personal cars can be used for travelling on the road from the bridge to Larn Phrakaew in the distance around 2 kilometers.

For more information on traveling, please contact Chiang Rai Tourist Association, No. 916 /1 Paholyothin Road, Wiang Sub-district, Meaung District, Chiang Rai 57000, Tel. 053-715690 and Fax 053-715691.
Srikham Subdistrict Administrative Organization, Maejan District, Chiang Rai, Tel./Fax 053-665073.

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