My photo essay published in The Stand Global.
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In an age of instant gratification, a rail journey may not be most holidaymakers’ carriage of choice, especially those on short vacations. However, it may still appeal to some who have the time to kick back and enjoy the scenery. I took a 33-hours train ride from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok and chronicled my fellow passengers along the way to captured the daily life on people who are abroad the same train.
From KL Sentral, my first stop is at Padang Besar, Kedah for customs checked and after that the train continued to Hat Yai, Thailand. It takes 13 hours and the distance from KL Sentral to Hat Yai is 532KM.
From Hat Yai, I bought a train ticket and continued my journey to Bangkok with State Railway of Thailand train and it takes 20 hours and the distance from Hat Yai to Bangkok is 941KM.
SRT was founded as the Royal State Railways of Siam (RSR) in 1890. Construction of the Bangkok-Ayutthaya railway (71 km or 44 mi), the first part of the Northern Line, was started in 1891 and completed on May 23, 1892. The Thonburi-Phetchaburi line (150 km or 93 mi), later the Southern Line, was opened on June 19, 1903.
My photo essay published in TheRakyatPost new media site.
Vesākha,Wesak or Vesak, also known as Buddha Purnima, is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists on different days in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and the South East Asian countries of Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia, and other places all over the world. Sometimes informally called “Buddha’s Birthday”, it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition.
The exact date of Vesak is based on the the Asian lunisolar calendars and is primarily celebrated in Vaisakha month of the Buddhist calendar and the Hindu calendar, and hence the name Vesak. In India and Nepal, which is considered the birth-country of Buddha, it is celebrated on the full moon day of the Vaisakha month of the Hindu calendar, and is traditionally called Buddha Purnima, Purnima meaning the full moon day in Sanskrit. In Theravada countries following the Buddhist calendar, it falls on a full moon Uposatha day, typically in the 5th or 6th lunar month. In China and Korea, it is celebrated on the eighth day of the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The date varies from year to year in the Western Gregorian calendar, but usually falls in April or May. In leap years it may be celebrated in June.
Picture taken at Maha Vihara Buddhist Temple, Brickfields Kuala Lumpur
Photo by Daniel Chan