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Bangkok, Thailand - August 2006

I flew to Bangkok from Jakarta, with a quick stopover in Singapore. I left two days before Hendry, so that I would have time to see Ayuthaya, the capitol of the Thai kingdom from 1350 to 1767. The city lies on an island at the convergence of three major rivers, which helped make the city an excellent fortress.

Ayuthaya was home to numerous temples, most of which are now considered ruins, although they are in relatively good condition. I brought my camera with me, but forgot to insert a memory card, so, alas, I have nothing to show you of this very photogenic place.


There are, however, many temples not in ruins with much exquisite detail. Next to the Grand Palace in Bangkok, is Wat Phra Kaew, aka The Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

We were impress by both the enormity of the place, as well as the fine detail of every little surface

The "Emerald Buddha" sits in this central hall. If you take off your shoes, you may enter the temple and contemplate the Buddhas, who sits high, high up, atop a mountain of other venerated bejeweled religious objects. Depending upon the time of year, he wears one of three golden outfits. The king had just been there the day before, as the had taken away his summer garb and put on his rainy season clothing. He is actually made of jade, not emerald.

Next to Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace is Wat Pho, Bangkok's oldest and largest temple. It is also home to this amazing gold leafed reclining Buddha.

He is 46 meters long and 15 meters high.

Even his toes are impressive!

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