Wednesday, 22 April 2009

My Bangkok Trip Part Three

4th Stop~~ Wat Chanasongkhram 2nd Class Royal Temple.Inside the ubosot, the altar is quite impressive with its gilded Buddha image in front of a large gilded fan, and ceremonial umbrella above. Of special note are the elephant tusks, one pair of which is ebony. A small enthroned statue of King Taksin is situated in a side aisle.

5th stop~~ Wat Pho The Temple of the Reclining Buddha , 1ST class Royal Temple. The Reclining Buddha is forty-six metres long and fifteen metres high, decorated with gold plating on his body and mother of pearl on his eyes and the soles of his feet. The latter display 108 auspicious scenes in Chinese and Indian styles. The eyes catching Ubosot and the Prang not to be miss. Outside the Chapel, the temple grounds of Wat Po itself are a fascinating and architechurally stunning place to walk around. For a few baht you can drop forty small coins into forty bowls and the giant golden titan may grant you a wish. Not to be missed, the Buddha with Naga and the long gallery of Buddhas.

6th Stop~~ The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo Special Class Royal Temple. The Emerald Buddha. A pity, unable to take photo as nobody is allow to go into the area except for the King who will change the emerald Buddha. First time I’ve seen the Temple Guardian, (Yaksa). The Golden Chedi and Figures around the Ubosot is the best place for Photo. The wall painting of the Ramakien ~~Amazing!

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