Sacred Fig Tree in Pattaya Naklua
The sacred tree prominently positioned in the middle of the road, in the center of the market town of Naklua, just a few miles north of Pattaya, is commonly referred to as "The Tree". It is in fact a Sacred Fig tree (ficus religiosa), sacred fig trees are highly respected in Thailand because of their religious and spiritual significance, add a large dash of superstition in to the mix and you begin to understand why the tree has kept it's prominent position.
|Sacred fig tree (Ficus religiosa) in Naklua Pattaya Thailand|
As you see in the photo (above) the sacred fig tree has a dominant position in the center of Naklua, it is customary for drivers to beep their horn as they pass a sacred fig tree, a custom much more noticeable at the Sacred Tree in Jomtien.
|Bodhi tree (Fig (Ficus religiosa) in Naklua, Pattaya Thailand|
I suspect that the concrete barrier around the tree is shaped in the fashion of a boat for decorative reasons, but it seems quite appropriate and may also have some spiritual or superstitious significance due to Naklua being a fishing village.
|The sacred tree in Naklua, Pattaya Thailand.|
A collection of religious, spiritual and superstitious artefact's adorn the sacred fig tree in Naklua.