Some Bangkok temples


Bangkok must have hundreds of temples and shrines, so any attempt to cover them would be a rather tedious task. Therefore we set out to explore some of the not so much explorerd ones.

The first one is Wat Mahatat and can be reached when branching away from the crowds heading to the Royal Palace to the left around the corner.

Inside it is tranquil and every wall oozes peacefulness

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Quite many monks live there and it is a school as well

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Famous for its line of Buddhas

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Not so famous but still nice are the pigeons

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And some attempts by the gardener to have some fun as well

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It seems this animal was more known

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I like the mix of old and new

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As written – peaceful

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You are quite alone – even on a Sunday where everybody flocks in the Palace

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More sedate

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Old tables

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Well, this happens after long hours of service – your tail falls off

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Quite imposing architecture, too

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I love the spikes

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and roofs

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the „naga“ (mythological snake) is everywhere

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a bit closer

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roof supports the other way

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Quite tall buildings, too

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very elegantly built

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Ursi was so tired she just relaxed there in the relative coolness of the stairs and shade

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the lamps are just nice

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so elegant

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something must be rather interesting up there…

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But it wouldn’t be Bangkok if this air of holiness and sublime environment would be kept up too long… The cabling and everyday chores always bring you back very soon

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Life is hard and making a living even harder so you have to sell what you can…

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down the road to the next temple you  can find all kind of religious shops

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where – with some luck – you see the model and the sculpture and one image

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again… This time the less ascetic version…

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As it was murderously hot people had a snooze in the shade

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and we got some beer (illegally as you are prohibited to buy from 14:00 – 17:00) in the pharmacy (no kidding – the only request was to use the prescription bags)

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Entering the second temple (Wat Suthat) we were shocked to see the workers without any support in flip-flops jumping around the roof. No wonder accidents are very often fatal…

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Nether the less, back to sedate mode…

A patchwork horse

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and the beloved roofs

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door in door in door

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Well, you cannot get more…

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Perhaps…

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Interesting sculptures – no idea though about the theological meaning but it is just joyful to see

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Flat faced lion – new (temple) breed

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Seeing the new monument of admiration through the window of the old

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Rapair works

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I couldn’t resist

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Sheer beauty

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the upper entry

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guards to ward off evil spirits? (just an assumption…)

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Take off your shoes before entering – you become selective if you have to do it 20 times a day…

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A woman preparing a new statue

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Guilding it actually

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Fine layers of gold are applied to the stone

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Which is cleaned and smeared in with a paste

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As women are not allowed to touch the head of a Buddha / Boddhisatva (for sure some reformation – not only for these issues – is needed in that patriarchial society) I was asked to apply some leafs. I duly complied with the request and it was fun…

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Another temple lion

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monster fish

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Best are the translations. Here Google translate went over the board and you just have to laugh…

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This is among the best we have ever seen

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And this one… gibberish at its best

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