Municipal Park – Hat Yai
This is Hat Yai Municipal Park on Kanchanawanit Road. Goddess of Compassion & Mercy is located on top of a hill at Hat Yai Municipal Park. This is where the local residents of Hat Yai come for relaxation and recreation. We’re here at the pond, in the center of the park. Surrounded by colorful flowers and it’s the perfect place to enjoy moments of tranquility. The park is especially important to Hat Yai because it’s filled with statues depicting Thai history and religion. Besides that, there is a newly build cable car connected between hills. It is about 1000 steps to the hilltop where there is 360 degree panoramic views of Hat Yai City and Songkhla.
Kuan Yin White Jade Statue
Kuan Yin White Jade Statue have 20 metres high, Goddess of Compassion & Mercy is located on top of a hill at Hat Yai Municipal Park. A huge Dragon mouth’s entrance makes a warm welcoming to the temple. There are hundred miniatures of Kuan Yin’s statues in main pavilion together with Eight Immortals’s statues & other Deities. On that hilltop, there is a huge statue of Kuan Gong, Jade Emperor, the fat laughing Buddha ~ “Budai” and Kuan Yin’s statues with the 12 Zodiac Animals.
Jade Emperor at Hat Yai Municipal Park
Jade Emperor was one of the most important gods of the Chinese Taoist pantheons, He governs the cosmos and resides in a magnificent palace in the highest part of heaven along with his large family and entourage of ministers and officials. Goddess of Compassion & Mercy is located on top of a hill at Hat Yai Municipal Park. It is about 1000 steps to the hilltop where there is 360 degree panoramic view of Hat Yai City and Songkhla.
The JADE-EMPEROR’s word is law and he rules all Heaven and Earth with a vast company of civil servants and bureaucrats at his beck and call. The CHENG-HUANG and TU-DI look after Earthly paperwork, and every year the ZAO-JUN file a report on your conduct for him to assess.
If that’s not impressive enough, the JADE-EMPEROR found further fame when Taoist and Buddhism came into play and engulfed him in the utmost holiness. Not to mention the most amazingly complicated symbolism.
Supreme God of Chinese folk religion, the Jade Emperor is Ruler of all Heavens (of which the Chinese have over 30), Earth and the Underworld/ Hell, Creator of the Universe, later the Emperor of the Universe, and Lord of the Imperial Court.
The Jade Emperor is son of the King of the Pure Felicity Kingdom of Lofty Heavenly Majestic Lights and Ornaments and of the Empress of Precious Moonlight. His birthday is the ninth day of the first lunar month, the ninth day after Chinese New Year.
The Jade Emperor was originally the assistant of the Divine Master of the Heavenly Origin, Yuan-shi tian-zun (Chinese: 元始天尊; pinyin: Yúanshǐ Tīanzūn), the Celestial Venerable of the Primordial Beginning or the Primeval Lord of Heaven. Yuan-shi tian-zun is said to be the supreme beginning, the limitless and eternal creator of Heaven and Earth, who picked the Jade Emperor as his personal successor. The Jade Emperor will eventually be succeeded by the Heavenly Master of the Dawn of Jade of the Golden Door. The characters for both are stamped on the front of the arms of his throne.
Fortune Buddha at Hat Yai Municipal Park
Fortune Buddha was a god that can bring in wealth and riches, the Fortune Buddha is worshiped by most Chinese. Goddess of Compassion & Mercy is located on top of a hill at Hat Yai Municipal Park. It is about 1000 steps to the hilltop where there is 360 degree panoramic view of Hat Yai City and Songkhla.
Each time of the Spring Festival, every family will hang a picture of the god for blessings of great luck and large wealth. It was originally a custom practiced by merchants, which then became popular amongst other folks and villagers. Moreover, people of different times and regions worship their own God of Wealth differently, such as the Civil God of Wealth, the Martial God of Wealth, the Deities of Wealth of Five Directions and the Angel of Fortune, as well as the orthodox one Zhao Gongming. The God of Wealth in folk beliefs is not a singular image but something appears as a group.
The Civil Fortune Buddha or Caibo Xingjun usually refers to Bi Gan and Fan Li, whose statues and figure paintings are in the look of civilian officials. There are also Martial Fortune Buddha – Zhao Gongming and Guan Yu in the look of dark face and thick beards wearing iron hat and coat armor. The Deities of Wealth of Five Directions are defined as the Marshal Zhao Gong, the Zhaobao (meaning invite treasure) Lord of Heaven Xiao Sheng, Nazhen (meaning collect treasures) Lord of Heaven Cao Bao, the Herald of Inviting Wealth Chen Jiugong, and Lishi (meaning lucky money) Immortal Officer Yao Shaosi together take over all wealth and treasure and bring luck and fortune to people. The Angel of Fortune often appears in the image of a boy holding a treasure plate or gold ingot and a Ruyi scepter serving the civil and martial gods of wealth, who are often visualized as the Lishi Immortal Officer, the Mammon Boy, Liu Haichan and the Gods of Harmony. In some places, historical figures such as Shen Wansan (a well-known and intelligent merchant prince) are also worshiped as gods of wealth.
The gods of wealth in Tibetan Buddhism are also widely embraced by Tibetans, which include the Heavenly King of Fortune, Yellow Jambhala, Black Jambhala and White Jambhala. Tibetans in Tibet and Qinghai region have always held it a custom to pray for fortune by enshrining gods of wealth.
Fat Laughing Buddha at Hat Yai Municipal Park
Fat Laughing Buddha was blessing people for happiness, health, wealth. Goddess of Compassion & Mercy is located on top of a hill at Hat Yai Municipal Park. It is about 1000 steps to the hilltop where there is 360 degree panoramic view of Hat Yai City and Songkhla.
For many non-Buddhists the image that pops into their minds when the word ‘Buddha’ is mentioned is that of a happy fat man. In English this iconic image is usually referred to as the ‘laughing Buddha’ or ‘the happy fat Buddha’. What most non-Buddhists fail to realize is that this image is not a depiction of the historical Buddha who is credited with created the religion now known as Buddhism. The confusion occurs because the word ‘Buddha’ simply means to be ‘awakened’ – it is an honorific title that can apply to anyone who has managed to achieve enlightenment. The most famous person to carry this title is Siddhattha Gotama Buddha because his teachings have reached every corner of the globe – this is why he is referred to as The Buddha. The image of the happy fat man is actually a depiction of Maitreya Buddha. His followers believe that he will one day come to Earth in order to provide a new set of teachings that will allow humans to escape suffering.
Fat Laughing Buddha is believed that the image of the happy fat Buddha is based on a character from Chinese folklore known as Budai – this name can be translated into English as ‘cloth sack’. He was a Buddhist monk who, despite living through extreme poverty, managed to remain constantly happy. He is said to have lived in China at some point around the Liang Dynasty (502-557 CE) – this is well over a thousand years after Siddhattha Gotama Buddha came to be known as The Buddha.
Budai was viewed by his contemporaries as somewhat of an eccentric. He believed that possessions could be a real stumbling block to achieving Nirvana. He kept all of his belongings in a simple cloth sack, and this was more than enough to keep him satisfied. Budai was once asked by a junior monk about the nature of Nirvana, and he responded by putting down his sack. Without saying a word he indicated how achieving this state was just about letting go. When the monk asked for further clarification on how to achieve Nirvana the monk Budai simply picked up his sack and walked into the forest – this was his answer for the novice monk. Many Chinese Buddhists believe that Budai was an incarnation of Maitreya Buddha, and it is for this reason that he remains so popular.
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