Study trip "Old settlements of Siamese people in Malaysia", February 2011

Organised by Walailak University, Nakhon Sri Thammarat

Photographs by Oliver Raendchen


The Budda statue thaan naa dam at the Siamese village monastery, Kelantan province.
19th century wooden vihara at the monastery.
Wandering monk statue in the village monastery.
Real and mythological animal statues decorating a monastery building.
Elephant statue emerging from a wall in the monastery.
View of the new temple building at the village monastery.
Modern temple building in the same monastery, with numerous animal decorations.
Over-dimensional naga figures around the new buildings of the monastery..
During a visit to a remote village, where a villager is in possession of old manuscripts.
Modern Thai language and script is taught to Siamese youths at the Buddhist temples as Malay is the state language.
Teaching and learning of the modern Thai language happens all over the premises of the monastery. .
Three students learning modern Thai.
Another Thai language class at the monastery.
A Buddhist ceremony in the Siamese village.
A joyful late evening meeting of village men drinking and chatting with guests.
Meeting of villagers with visitors.
Buddhist monastery with new buildings and a gigantic Buddha statue.
Head of a concrete crocodile figure at the monastery
Mermaid figures (in Thai naang naak) surrounding a gigantic concrete boat in a water pool at the monastery.
Bird sculpture and relief at the monastery.
Parts of a set of 12 old painted lacquer plates showing animals of the Tai zodiac.
Parts of a set of 12 old painted lacquer plates showing animals of the Tai zodiac.
The team of researchers meets a village headman of an old Siamese settlement in Kedah province.
The village headman with Oliver Raendchen.

Further reading

THE 1902 SIAMESE-KELANT AN TREATY : AN END TO THE TRADITIONAL RELATIONS by KOBKUA SUWANNATHAT-PIAN

Movement and identity construction amongst Kelantan's Thai community by Irving Chan Johnson

Menora Performance: A Research in Bukit Yong Village, Pasir Puteh, Kelantan, Malaysia by Baharin Ilias, Mohamad Nazri Ahmad and Hanani Ahmad Zubir

BUDDHISM IN A MUSLIM STATE: THERAVADA PRACTICES AND RELIGIOUS LIFE IN KELANTAN by Mohamed Yusoff Ismail

Thai temples in the State of Kelantan Darul Naim

The people with two kings by Irving Chan Johnson

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