Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Floating Nun

Just when you thought you'd seen it all along comes the Floating nun.
We are in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, sight of the Bridge on the River Kwai and the Thailand/ Burma death railway, but more importantly sight of the floating nun. Inside a small purpose built colliseum there is a swimming pool where for the bargain price of 4 dollars a quite round nun will plunge into a pool and perform various prayers. For some unknown reason this has become a hugely popular attraction with Korean tour groups and a whole tourist industry has sprung up around this unique sight. Unfortunately when Kate and I arrived we were the only ones there and after the Nun got off her mobile phone and we paid our 200 baht she led us into the colliseum for the performance. Unsure whether to clap or sit quietly we sat and watched whilst trying not to giggle. After she lit her incense and plunged into the pool, she prayed, turned over a couple of times and basically floated. We were riveted to our seats. Best 5 minutes religious entertainment ever.

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