The Church Of The Virgin Mary – The outside
This province is typically written “Chanthaburi” in English, but I think it is more proper to write “Canthaburi” or “Janthaburi”. Because the name of this province means “Town on the Moon”. “can” (not “chan”) means “moon” and it is pronounced like “Jan” in Thai. And “buri” means “town”, so this beautiful name is a combination of these words. But if you say “chan”, it dosen’t mean “moon”.
But I write this province name as “Chanthaburi” here too, as the other media usually write it.
Anyway, Chantaburi isn’t famous for its beautiful name, but it’s known as a town where people gather gemstones. You can see a lot of small gemstone stores and gem dealers who come and go out of this town. I myself don’t care about that, though.
On the other hand, Chantaburi is also known as a fruit growing district. My Thai friend said that the fruit that come from Chantaburi is really delicious. I myself don’t care about that though. Because I’ve gotten terrible stomachache 4 times in Thailand, and three of them were caused by fruit. Some people say I got stomachache because I ate too much! Maybe, they are right, but I suffered from these stomachache very hard. So I don’t like fruit in Thailand very much.
Still, I love this province very much. Actually, this province has a lot of sightseeing spots. People who like nature, history, or animals, can enjoy it. But unfortunately everything is located far from the center of the city, and there is no public transportation to get around. Oh, I said it wrong. There is, but whichever way you go, it won’t be easy. At least, it is impossible to get there smoothly. So if you want to go to some sightseeing spots in Chantaburi, you might want to charter or rent a car.
I’m going to show pictures of some of those sightseeing spots some other time, but today, I’m going to show pictures of the cathedral in the city. My guide book says that this is The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (The church of the Virgin Mary), and it also says that that is the biggest church in Thailand. But to tell the truth, I’m not very familiar with churches, so I can not say anything about them.
But I can only say that it was really beautiful. Especially, the statue of Virgin Mary impressed me. Those are only pictures of the outside of the church, but I think inside ones are more beautiful. I’m going to show them some other time.