I believe that the family who lives here, has an unique view.
This picture is made from the teak wooden Thai bridge in the Oosthofpark.
it must be great to live here, in the middle of nature, a pound in the garden, view on a Thai bridge.
Notice the old flat boat near the shore.
No one can deny the connection between Koekelare and Thailand.
Of course it is because of the Thai-Flemish association.
More of Thai architecture you can find in the Oosthofpak, besides the Kinaree statue (see previous tips) there is also a beautiful Thai bridge.
This Thai bridge is completely made of teak wood.
It is a donation of the NV Imfeca (family Edgar Cosier) from Koekelare.
What a beautiful statue, this Kinaree.
This statue was given by Minister Pitak and Governor-General Seree of the TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) as an appreciation for the good cooperation of Mr Holvoet as president of the Thai- Flemish association.
Because of his 60th visit to Thailand Mr Holvoet got the title "Friend of Thailand” from the Prime Minister Chavalit.
Another piece of Thailand in Koekelare, besides the Sala Thai in the city centre.
This statue symbolises a mythological figure from the East.
Half women (symbol of elegance), with in one hand a lotus flower (symbol of purity) and in the other hand a dove (symbol of peace and freedom).
Half Bird, which holds the world together in harmony and friendship with its strong paws.
This Oosthofpark is in fact a place with a big history.
This was the location of the Oosthof Castle, built by the noble family Piers de Raveschoot, what a pity that is was pulled down in1948-49.
The only remains of the former castle is the beautiful Fronton stone.
Not far from the City Centre, you can visit the Oosthofpark.
Well, if you can find it, I also had to ask the direction twice. Best is to follow the sign posts towards the cemetery De Warande.
Since the year 2000 it is accessible for the public. There is no entrance fee.
In the Garden of Hope, which is located behind the Fransman museum, it is great to walk around. It is great to enjoy the silence.
This Garden of Hope is a garden of views, but sometimes it is also a garden of sculptures. So the sights might change over here, of course the sights change because of the changing of seasons, but also because of the changing of sculptures.
I liked the sculpture of lady in between the trees; it looks as it is one with nature.
Sculpture : The tormented lady (De gekwelde Vrouw) by M. Janssens
Behind the Fransman museum (St Maartensplein), you can visit the Garden op Hope.
There is no entrance fee.
This garden of Hope is dedicated to our deceased King Boudewijn, who was for many people a kind of symbol of hope.
At his funeral Will Tura (a famous Flemish singer) did sing a wonderful song for our good King Boudewijn:
Hoop doet leven
Je gaat door zolang je kan
Zonder hoop kan je niet leven
Maar je staat niet alleen
Er staan vrienden en familie om je heen
Hoop doet leven
It is not easy to give a correct translation, but I will try it
Hope let you live
You go on as long as you can
Without hope you can't live
But you are not on your own
There are friends and family around you
Hope let you live
When you walk along the Ringlaan, you can not miss this old beet cart. This beet cart is also named - tombereau - " (which is the French word for muckspreader).
In my tip on the Fransmans museum I already told you on the hard working of the Fransman, and the fact that Koekelare is kind of the Capital of the Fransman.
Well this beet cart is kind of remembrance for the Fransman, diligent work in the past on the French fields by many Flemish man.
This old streetcar is placed here for the remembrance of the old streetcar route.
In the past there was a tram bedding at this place. The tram did ride from Brugge over Koekelare to Leke.
A steam tram was used since 1910. But in 1932 this steam tram was replace by a track car, his name was Kamieltje.
In 1951 they replaced Kamieltje for a regular bus service. (A less romantic way of transport)
Kamieltje was restored in the local KTA School.
In the restored horse stables of the brewery Christiaan, you can visit the museum of the Fransman (the French men).
The Fransman is a name given to the locals who did go to France to work in the beet industry.
Every year when the season of the beets started, 10.000 of Flemish men went to France to work on the French fields. There were many season workers in Flanders, but Koekelare was kind of the Capital of the Fransmans.
In the big tower of the brewery Christiaan you can see a permanent exposition of 70 pieces of art (etchings) of Kathe Kollwitz.
In our region Kathe Kollwitz is a famous German artist, which is well known for a pair of statues, The Mourning Parents, which you can see at the German cemetery of Vladslo near Diksmuide.
In the Yves Rhaye room you can admire pieces of art of this famous painter and sculpture.
In the corner of the St Maartensplein you can see (and visit) the old Brewery.
The old brewery Christiaan dates from 1790 and is completely restored.
In 1993 this museum got the reward of Flemish monument.
In the big tower (den ast) there is a collection of Kathe Kollwitz, in the restored horse stables you can visit the Museum of the Fransman.
Behind the city hall you find the Nature Reserve De Mote.
This green spot is really located in the middle of the city centre. There is an educational walking trail, where you can learn a lot on local trees.
For the younger ones there is an adventure playground. So here the children can play while daddy is trying to catch a fish in the big pound.
No, No, this is not Thailand, it is really Koekelare.
You can find this Typical Thai building in Koekelare just behind the Sint Martinus Church.
In fact it is an electric cabin which has been re-decorated as a real Thai building.
It is a gift of the Thai- Flemish Friendship association. This association organises different events, like Thai language courses, Thai cooking, etc . . .
So this Sala Thai has been inaugurated by the Ambassador of Thailand His Excellenty Danai Tulalum. The architect was Mr Tongthai Roach.