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Old July 7th, 2010, 12:03 PM   #421
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WAT PHO, Bangkok
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One of several “wihans”…





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Old July 7th, 2010, 12:06 PM   #422
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Another “wihan” houses a different Buddha image



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Old July 7th, 2010, 12:11 PM   #423
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Wat Pho’s main “bot” is enclosed by elongated low buildings on 4 sides, with a wihan located at the center of each side…





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The enclosure hosts a lot of Buddha images….







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The main bot…




It houses a bronze meditating Buddha image salvaged from Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital city.



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Old July 7th, 2010, 12:22 PM   #426
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No wall or ceiling surface is spared from distinctive Thai artwork.




On the way out of Wat Pho, a “lady boy” is tending his/her elaborate craft.




The craft looks like fruit carvings but upon close scrutiny, each minuscule component is made of folded textile. Very impressive.

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Back on the street, one last look at Wat Pho…




Some old buildings outside Wat Pho…




… and tuktuks waiting for customers.

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Less than 500 meters from Wat Pho is the Grand Palace complex.

The Grand Palace complex was established in 1782 and it houses not only the royal residence and throne halls, but also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo. The complex has an area of 218,000 square meters.

This is the main thoroughfare from the entrance.





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This is the visitors' exit gate from the Grand Palace…




… to the left of it is the visitors' entrance...




… leading to Wat Phra Kaeo.



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A very imposing structure seen from the wat’s entrance is Phra Siratana Chedi. It contains a piece of the Buddha’s breastbone





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Phra Mondop is... a library!







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More of Phra Mondop’s intricate exterior





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Directly behind and somewhat attached to Phra Mondop is Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn or the Royal Pantheon





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The faηade of the Royal Pantheon




The Royal Pantheon is elevated from the rest of the Wat Phra Kaeo complex. From the terrace, you have a good view of the buildings around it. Like Ho Phra Nak, the royal mausoleum…




… Wihan Yot…

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… the Ho Phra Monthien Tham, the auxiliary library.








… and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

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At the terrace of the Royal Pantheon is a scale model of Angor Wat





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Golden statues adorn some staircases. Called an apsonsi, it’s a mythical creature, half woman, half lion.






Still at the Royal Pantheon terrace are two golden gilded prangs.

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These ramakien figures encircling the prang…









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Interesting, very nice photos from those temples in Bangkok
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