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Today, pictures from valued commenter Sister Golden Bear.
Before surgery, my traveling companion and I were able to spend the weekend in Bangkok for a some light sightseeing. When got in a little two late on Saturday to see the Grand Palace, but fortunately we were only three blocks from Wat Pho, one of the major temples in Thailand (and unlike the template complex at the Grand Palace) Wat Pho is still a working temples with monks living there.
Despite being only a 10 minute walk from the Grand Palace, it was surprisingly uncrowded and serene. The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46 m long reclining Buddha, and also. houses a school of Thai medicine, and is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
The garden was comparatively tranquil compared to the Grand Palace.
The temples has one of the largest collections of Buddhas in Thailand.
As well as numerous other interesting statues.
The Giant Buddha is impressively large, 46 meters long and 15 meters high.
The feet give you a better sense of scale.
From our hotel room we had a view of another icon sight, Wat Arun, (or temple of the dawn), although it’s much more scenic at sunset.
One last look at Wat Pho from our dinner on the hotel rooftop.
Sunday before surgery, we got a chance to see the Grand Palace in Bangkok, which also contains a temple complex, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Neither is actively inhabited these days and only used on ceremonial occasions.
Fierce statues are common on the grounds.
The general theme to the decor is “more is more” with generous helping of gold leaf and embedded mirrors that make the building shine brightly.
Elephants are a national symbol of Thailand and frequently seen in statues and amulets.
The breeze was good for keeping things temperate, not so good for selfies. Messy hair, don’t care.
When in doubt, add more gold leaf.
I liked the expressions of the numerous guardian statues.
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