Bangkok: On the Temple Trail

I’ve just arrived in Bangkok and what a better way to spent my first day than submerging myself in the Buddhist temple complexes. So I took a scooter, train, tram and boat to reach some of Bangkok’s famous Temples: “Wat Pho” and “Wat Arun”. Where I could easily wander around all day and marvel at the intricate patterns in every nook and cranny. A photo report of my first day in Thailand:

Taking the Chao Phraya Express ferry along the river to reach the temples.

Taking the Chao Phraya Express ferry along the river to reach the temples. In the back ground is Wat Arun (also known as Tempel of the Dawn) but I’ll get of on the other side of the river first to visit Wat Pho. . ©Tessa Louwerens

 

Wat Pho:

Wat Pho, or the temple of the reclining Buddha, is the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It also houses more Buddha images then any other temple in the city.

Wat Pho, or the temple of the reclining Buddha, is the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It also houses more Buddha images then any other temple in the city. ©Tessa Louwerens

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The reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high and barely fits inside the temple although it seems to be quite relaxed. ©Tessa Louwerens

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The soles of Buddha’s feet are intricately decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay depicting various scenes in Indian and Chinese style. ©Tessa Louwerens

Detail of a wall decoration finished with gold leaf.

Detail of a wall decoration finished with gold leaf. ©Tessa Louwerens

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A lady rubs small squares of gold leaf on the Buddha as an offering. ©Tessa Louwerens

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Chinese Temple Guard Statue. ©Tessa Louwerens

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Traditional Tai flower patterns  on the chedi. made with fragmented tiles. ©Tessa Louwerens

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Four huge chedis (stupas) surround the temple , each 42 meter high and colorfully decorated with tiles. ©Tessa Louwerens

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Some smaller chedis in the square. ©Tessa Louwerens

 Wat Arun
From Wat Pho I took the boat again to reach on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River to reach Wat Arun.

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Wat Arun or ‘Temple of Dawn’, is named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn.

Two giant statues decorated with colorful ceramic guard the gate.

Two giant statues decorated with colorful ceramic guard the gate.

And if those aren't enough to repel you, there are also some lions...

And if those won’t repel you there are also some lions…

...or Dragons

…or Dragons

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Detail one of the staircases

Detail one of the staircases

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