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Wat Arun, (Temple of Dawn) a tribute to Indian Buddhists

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Hmm, I’m I really climbing that?

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So steep

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The way light fell on this site was one of the reasons for its selection

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Animals attack?

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Sunset time….

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Wat Phra Kaew

The famous temple of the Emerald Buddha, housed on the grounds of the Royal Palace, highly revered, said to be the most important Buddhist site in Thailand. I’d read it was a giant Emerald Buddha, and after seeing Buddha statues that were fifty feet tall, I think my expectations were off. The Emerald Buddha was maybe three feet tall and perched high above a giant alter. You were not allowed to take pictures inside. It was quite moving how revered and important the Buddha was to those worshiping.

The entire compound, from the scary animal demon guard statues, to the gold chedi’s, to the fabulous outer temples, to the murals depicted on the walls, all are amazing artwork, intricately carved, formed, or painted.

The pictures cannot in anyway capture the amazingness!

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I hope the five headed dragon doesn’t bite

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Oops, the selfie gave me horns..

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The murals on the wall depicting a war during King Ramayama’s time

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Also, there are smaller offering Buddhas on the grounds for the people to light candles and also to pour a fragrant oil over in a purification type ceremony, a sort of cleansing of sins for the new year.

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Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

A huge reclining Buddha!

Head to torso

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Legs

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Festive grounds

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Full length view

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Buddha has big feet 😉

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They had a curious offering ceremony, you bought a bag of coins and walked along the whole length of the backside of the Buddha and dropped one coin in the change wells lined up the whole length on Buddha.

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Rollin’, Rollin’, rollin, on the River….

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Bangkok is such a fusion of the old and new, modern skyscrapers and the old longboats sailing past

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Another reclining Buddha, this one right along the river, we were going pretty fast so it’s a little blurry

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These little cakes were awesome, coconut, kind of crispy on the outside, pudding like inside

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Yummy noodles with a little duck on top

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Mango Sticky Rice gelato bar, different, but tasty

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