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  Wihaan Sadet Pho Phra Siwa

 

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Though Wihaan Sadet Pho Phra Siwa (fig.) in Bangkok is a primarily Hindu temple (fig.), it has expanded its collection of religious effigies with large carved marble statues of characters from Chinese-Taoism.

 

  Wihaan Sadet Pho Phra Siwa

 

The main section, shown in the top picture, consists of the Four Heavenly Kings (fig.), that guard the entrance; Mi Le Fo (fig.), who is typically seated at the centre of the entrance and placed back to back with a standing image of Wei Tuo (fig.); and a giant image of Kuan Yin, seated on a lotus throne that tops a building which is also shaped as a lotus flower, and flanked by her two loyal acolytes Golden Boy and Jade Girl, who are known in Chinese as Jin Tong and Yu Nu (fig.).

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