Grand palace and wat pho

January 16, 2010 at 7:42 am | Posted in thailand | 1 Comment

the grand palace was pretty amazing, so much gold and attention to detail. inside the walls is basically a tiny town of beautiful temples and pointy rooves.

 the people coming here to worship actually outnumbered the tourists, which was surprising. Even if you don’t practice buddhism, the sculptures and architcture are amazing to see.

i brought pants and socks along so i’d be decent for the palace, but it turns out the sleeves on my dress weren’t quite long enough. i had to wear three layers in the blazing sun. ugh. i look like a cross between a mechanic and cafeteria lady. and hobo.

the reclining buddha was my favorite of the day. it’s absolutely huge and covered in gold. it’s hair is made up of coils that create this cool pattern and its toenails are giant.

i liked the look of this guy, below.

in the buildings surrounding the reclining buddha, smaller buddhas (or they could be other gods?) line the walls. they are everywhere and almost taken for granted despite their individual beauty.

i’m not sure of the specifics, but there is a buddhist tradition of dropping coins in a long line of kettles. the line of kettles is located by the reclining buddha and we’ve seen it in a few other temples as well.

intricate sculptures and bas-reliefs are everywhere. the detail is impressive and the number of works is staggering. and we only went to a few temples. so many greats works of art have come from religion; it’s crazy to see real gold sculptures and such lavishness and then see very poor people paying their respects and praying.

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  1. Hi Kelly! Your mom just told us where to find your blog. Dad and I have captured her and are holding her hostage in Key West. If you don’t send us a ransom of durians (I assume that is the fruit in your Thailand photo?) we will keep her here forever.
    I read that you saw a “recling Buddha”, and I got really excited because I thought that you meant to write about a “recycling Buddha” and that South Asia was getting really progressive about recycling…anyway, the reclining Buddha was still really cool. I can’t believe it’s so big!
    By the way, I was wondering if you have tried a mangosteen yet. I’ve heard they’re the most delicious fruit in the world, and found only in the South Asia region. If there’s any way to bring/send one back to the states, that would be awesome!
    Anyway, glad to hear you’re doing well. Dad says hi too. Continue to have wonderful adventures! -Carly


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