Like the earlier “At the Silk Factory” video – the first 2:13 minutes of this video is a single, unedited clip -I just let the camera roll. This is my favorite clip from the whole October Thailand tour. I was just panning around the courtyard when Pu decided to put some coins in the prayer box -yes for 60 baht you can get a mechanical prayer! I hadn’t even noticed those boxes were there, so it was definitely a surprise to me when I turned the camera towards this new sound.
Pu loves to visit these temples as she is a very faithful Buddhist. She rings the bells, bangs the gongs, prays in front of all the buddhas -we never act any of this out. I just follow her and wait for her to do something. Sometimes I catch her, and sometimes I’m too late.
About the big gongs: that large gong is quite loud. The tone is very low and you can hear it all over the temple complex. It was rattling my bones while I was standing there filming it -so you can imagine my shock during the editing of this video when I first noticed that the camera hadn’t picked up the sound at all! The video shows the smallest gong as being the loudest; in reality, the bigger the gong, the louder it was. I guess the video camera mic cannot pick up these low-frequency, single tone sounds.
You can hear that big gong all over the temple complex, and people are striking it constantly. If the mic had picked the sound up, you would have heard it at least 10 times, or maybe even more, during this video -it’s sound is heard constantly in the background while wandering around Doi Kham. It’s one of the things that makes a trip to Doi Kham so special.
In the earlier video, “Royal Park Rajapruek” you can see Wat Phra That Doi Kham in the background behind the King’s Pavilion (at 3:25 in that video). This is the temple on the mountain top you can see in the background.
In this video, you can look back down the mountain and actually see the King’s Pavilion below.