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Real Creativity: Wood carvings in Thailand

Amongst the popular travel destinations for holiday goers, a place that offers one an array of vivid attractions is Thailand; a land that possess both mountain ranges covered in thriving fauna and the rich bronze of the sandy beaches framing the Andaman sea. For those who enjoy the simple pleasures of exploring foreign land, culture and its people as well as basking in the comfort of superior accommodations, a Trang resort such as Anantara Sikao Thailand Resort & Spa would be an ideal option during your vacation. The country is famed not only for its scenic surroundings but the clever craftsmanship of the inhabitants that has been passed down through generations symbolizing its oriental heritage.
Among such man made wonders in Thailand are the meticulous wood carvings, destined to capture the undivided attention of those who gaze upon them. Assumed to have been practiced almost religiously to decorate the places of the kings and queens of old, those who presently yield this subtle art, consider it as a reflection of their way of life. The most common inspirations for sculptures spring from ‘Theravada Buddhism’ that is central to their traditions and culture resulting in a large variety of Buddha sculptures among other favorites such as tigers, elephants, horses and deity. The craftsmen consider the Genuine Burmese Teak to be the ideal wood for carving intricate patterns due to its durability; however the scarcity of teak forests has forced them to use more common and inexpensive wood like the rainy tree resulting in equally exquisite wooden sculptures available for purchase at a wider, more flexible price range.
The Royal Wood Carving center, located a few kilometers away from the Damnoen Saduak floating markets is an establishment that houses a wide array of wooden masterpieces carved usually in outlying villages with the more intricate designs completed in the factory itself. Those who are lucky to visit the establishment can stroll through the souvenir shops as well as witness the in-house masterful carpenters demonstrating the art of wielding art out of dead wood.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.

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