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Old July 11th, 2010, 01:57 PM   #461
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WAT ARUN, Bangkok
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The central monument to the Wat Arun comprises a central prang and four minor prangs at the corners and mondops on the sides midway between the minor prangs. The monument’s design symbolizes Hindu-Buddhist cosmology




The central prang (tower) is the Mythical Mount Meru.



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Chinese figures stand guard at the entrances to the terrace.




The central prang has three symbolic levels.

The Traiphum (base) represents 31 realms of existence across the three worlds (Desire, Form and Formless) of the Buddhist universe.
Only this level is accessible to the public…




Elaborate artistry…



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Ramakien figures have become synonymous with Thailand temple artwork.




The Tavatimsa Heaven (central section), where all desires are fulfilled, is guarded at the four cardinal points by the Hindu god Indra; and the Devaphum (top) is the peak of Mount Meru, rising above four subsidiary peaks. It denotes six heavens within seven realms of happiness.




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Old July 11th, 2010, 02:08 PM   #464
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One of the four minor prangs…






Inside the niches of each minor prang are statues of Nayu, the god of wind, on horseback

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Mondops are the structures at the cardinal points of the monument






From the terrace, the Grand Palace complex is not that far…

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Old July 11th, 2010, 02:53 PM   #466
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yeah, i know that met6ro manila has a lot huge malls more than any other city probably in the world...really so huge mall that is
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yeah, i know that met6ro manila has a lot huge malls more than any other city probably in the world...really so huge mall that is
probably

ps. Bangkok pictures look very tourist , the place that tourist always be
actually some group will go to Patpong only lol

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Another temple across the Chao Phraya




Bangkok's old downtown area:

The East Asiatic Company building, a Venetian-style edifice built in 1901.



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The China House, one of Bangkok’s most expensive restaurants, is in a building built in the 1910s.








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The crumbling Old Customs House built in the 1880s.





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The Assumption Cathedral was built in 1910. The church is closed so we didn’t have the chance to see the cathedral’s Rococo interiors which features a high vaulted ceiling and a marble altar from France.







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State Tower




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Streetside eatery near Shangri-la Hotel

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Saphan Taksin station of the Skytrain's Silom line




Siam Central station, also an interchange station for the Sukhumvit line




On Nut station




Just beside the station is an open market

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SkyTrain.. is the most efficient and convenient mode of public transport. SkyTrain stations have different color motifs…On Nut station is green…




Some Bangkok cityscape from the SkyTrain on our way from On Nut to Victory Monument…





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