The Grand Palace, Bangkok

Bangkok Palace and Temple

We visited three palaces of the Thai Royal Family when in Thailand in November of 2012:

The Grand Palace: Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand on the Chao Phraya River.

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, also known as the Summer Palace lies beside the Chao Phraya River in Bang Pa-In Ayutthaya Province. (Posts to follow…)

Bhubing Rajanives Palace Phu Phing Ratcha Niwet is a Royal Residence located in the Muang District of Chiang Mai Province. It was built in 1961 to accommodate the royal family during state visits to the north of the country. (Posts to follow….)

I’m not sure how much of the Grand Palace we saw, and how much was part of the temple of Wat Pho, in the block next to the Grand Palace. We just wandered around, trying to avoid the massive crowds (see next post) and taking in the details that are so different from those we see in North American or European architecture. This post features roof lines.

Thailand November 2012

Bangkok Palace and Temple

It did rain, briefly, while we were on the site, but it was so hot and humid that it didn’t seem to matter.

Bangkok Palace and Temple

Bangkok Palace and Temple

Bangkok Palace and Temple

I had my 50 mm f 1.4 Pentax lens on my Pentax K20D with me that day; it is the smallest and lightest lens I have, so it was a good choice.

Reclining Buddha 3

Shoulder (and Pillow)

Shoulder (and Pillow)

Toes

Toes

Head; eyes, ears, mouth and nose

Head; eyes, ears, mouth and nose

Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes, knees and toes;
Head and shoulders, knees and toes; eyes, ears, mouth and nose.
So goes the babies’ action song.

Here a head and a shoulder and toes and all the face parts. Missed the knees. 

For a description of the reclining buddha at Ayutthaya, (in anglicized Thai: Phra Noon), at Wat Lokayasutharam and more photos, click here.

 

 

Wat Na Phramen, Ayutthaya Thailand

Main Buddha Image at Wat Na Phramen.

Main Buddha Image at Wat Na Phramen.

Main Buddha Image at Wat Na Phramen.

Main Buddha Image at Wat Na Phramen.

Seated Buddha Image in the style of the Dvaravati culture. Quite unusual seated position (in what is often called the European way of sitting).

Seated Buddha Image in the style of the Dvaravati culture. Quite unusual seated position (in what is often called the European way of sitting).

Under the seated Buddha, these offerings.

Under the seated Buddha, these offerings.

Following from my earlier posts about Ayutthaya, here, and here, we journeyed a short distance (about 10 minutes away) to Wat Na Phramen, where I took these photos. Thank goodness for internet search engines and for metadata on the photos – which told me there was a half hour break between shooting – or I would have no idea where these were taken.

Near these Buddhist statues was a small but beautifully decorated building, which I couldn’t find in the photos on the linked page.

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After Ayutthaya-1-6

Pigeons are everywhere in the world…

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And lastly, a many-headed Buddha and a very large bell in a building where we were able to get out of the sun.

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Buddhist Macau

Macau 2013

Not far from the Christian centre of Macau was this charming neighbourhood Buddhist temple.

You could buy incense to burn ranging from tiny sparkler-sized to huge cones.

Macau 2013

Macau 2013

Macau 2013

The star attraction however was a special bowl. If you rubbed your hands firmly on the handles the water in the bowl would seem to boil. These two photos feature some of my traveling companions and one very amazed other lady.

Macau 2013

Macau 2013

I rather preferred the little shrine between the sidewalk and the busy road which I hadn’t noticed when we arrived.

Macau 2013

Next Chinese post: Las Vegas of the Orient

iPad Thai

Weekly photo challenge: Extra, extra

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 2012

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 2012

 

Extra, Extra!  This photo would be a mere snapshot without the colour of the iPad cover.   I entered it in the category ORANGE in our local photo show where people who looked closely ‘got it’ but where it wasn’t special enough to win a prize.