Buddha tooth relics

We’re still pootling around Chinatown, heading for the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. But naturally get distracted on-route by plenty of colourful sights.

From incredible street art like the traditional theatre scene above to the many stalls selling the very pungent durian fruit – an acquired taste that has been compared from anything from vomit to dog doo-doo in smell!!

Naturally my eyes are drawn to the myriad of bright coloured souvenirs . .

The hubby is not quite as enamoured by yet more lucky Chinese silk knots and tassels – but managed to raise a smile next to this very jolly buddha.

There’s also more traditional items on sale from beautiful Chinese writing, brushes and ink to delicate fans and piles of rice cakes.

Also some poor little flying lizards have become a street snack . . .

But finally we arrive at our destination. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

Built in 2007, the temple gets its name from what the Buddhists regard as the left canine tooth of Buddha, which has been recovered from his funeral pyre in Kushinagar, India and displayed on the temple’s grounds.

On the first floor you’ll find a huge prayer hall that is surrounded by hundreds of little Buddhas.

If you arrive at meal time you’ll be lucky enough to be able to partake in a free vegetarian meal too!!