Thursday, June 11, 2009

Day 5, Bangkok, Thailand

Good morning

Are you ready to take in the sights of Bangkok...City of Angels??

Ok, put on your face mask...unless you want the pollution to suffocate you...hop into the tuk-tuk...and off we patient...the traffic is horrendous...but the people are great....always a smile on their pleasant simply gotta love the charm of this city.

First sacred destination:
Wat Traimit is thought to date from the 13th century. The Golden Buddha image is about 900 years old and is cast in the Sukhothai style. It is believed to have been brought first to
Ayutthaya. When the Burmese were about to sack the city, it was covered in plaster to hide its value. Two centuries later, still in plaster, it was thought to be worth very little. But in 1957, when the image was being moved to a new temple in Bangkok, it slipped from a crane and was left in the mud by workmen. In the morning, a temple monk, who had dreamed that the statue was divinely inspired, went to see the Buddha image. Through a crack in the plaster he saw a glint of yellow, and discovered that the statue was pure gold. The graceful seated Buddha is nearly 10 feet high and weighs over 5 tons, and a sight to behold.

Lets move on
Wat Pho is the one of the largest and oldest
wats in Bangkok (with an area of 50 rai, 80,000 square metres), and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, as well as one of the largest single Buddha images: the Reclining Buddha .This image 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.

Next stop
Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram or the marble temple is one of Bangkok's most beautiful temples

and now on to the breathtaking Wat Phra Kaew ....did you know that the colours orange and green are reserved for palaces and temples only in Thailand?? The Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand and is is located in the historic center of Bangkok , within the grounds of the Grand Palace.

The entrance is guarded by two colossal "demons"

The Ramakien is Thailand's national epic, derived from the Indian Ramayana epic.A mural of the Ramakien is displayed at Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaew..

The Emerald Buddha itself is simply the Jadeite statue, but it is adorned with garments made of gold. There are three different sets of gold clothing, which are changed by the King of Thailand in a ceremony at the changing of the seasons - in the 1st Waning of Lunar Months 4, 8 and 12 (around March, July and November). The three sets of gold garments correspond to Thailand's hot season, rainy season, and cool season

The Grand Palace served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th century onwards but the the present King of Thailand, King Rama IX does not reside here

Pretty Impressive stuff , huh??

Well, no trip to Bangkok is complete without a little shopping and entertainment, right;-)??

Now that we have shopped, let's drop in to a local restaurant where we can dig into a sumptuous Thai feast of culinary delights - simply loved the delicately carved fruit and veggies-

whilst we are entertained by beautiful Thai dancers......before we leave Thailand for our next destination....

......Goodbye Bangkok....

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