thai chronicles: two wats and a palace

i never had a specific itinerary for my trip in thailand.  as i was in bangkok, all i was thinking was the bustling night life that it offers.  i still have two whole days to spend and my first day shouldn’t be wasted by me only staying in my too-comfortable-room.  i think that is one disadvantage of having a good room (lol!) and being alone.

i know grand palace is one place worth visiting, as i was too lazy to find my way to get there, i searched in the internet rental taxis in bangkok.  i did found one that gave me a good deal and informed the cabbie to pick me up in the hotel.

grand palace is a complex of artistically designed complex buildings.  there was a crowd of people when i was there, and being a saturday i have expected it.

tickets to enter the palace costs 350 baht.  grand palace is a complex of artistically designed buildings, and served as the official residence of the kings of thailand from the 18th century onwards.  here’s a proof of how majestic this place is.

there were visitors dipping budding lotus flower in water in the photo i took below, i know there is a meaning of it maybe sort of a blessing for them.

near grand palace is wat prachetuphon or wat pho, one of the oldest wats in bangkok where you can find one of the largest single buddha images of 160 ft length, the reclining buddha (phra buddhasaiyas).  entrance fee to wat pho is 50 baht.

there was a lot of these carved stone giants in the temple.

one of the major tourist attraction in bangkok is wat benchamabophit or well-known as, the marble temple.

this beautiful temple is made of italian marble, admission fee is 20 baht.

that is me infront of the temple, the ordination hall but it is prohibited to go inside.  those chinese tourists are not on line to get in actually.

malaysia chronicles: three temples

malaysia has its share of beautiful temples and penang is one of the places to go to see these structures.  docgelo, tina, gabby and i started our day early to visit the temples.  we headed off to air itam by taxi, where the largest buddhist temple in southeast asia, the kek lok si is located.

 the “temple of supreme bliss” was started during the late 1800’s and visitors have to ascend a flight of stairs to reach the top.  there were souvenir stores along the pathway leading to the temple but most of them were still closed when we got there.  the temple itself was also still closed  (we were quite early being there) so we were just able to take pictures of the outside.

 

the temple has a main seven-storied pagoda known as the pagoda of 10,000 buddhas which we were not able to view. docgelo told me he will go back to the place next time so he can take pictures of the interior.

 

we boarded the efficient rapid penang bus to reach another temple built during the early 1800’s, the dhammikarama burmese temple that houses a tall marble-made golden buddha.

 

the design of the interior around the buddha is so intricate and very detailed. i took a shot of the ceiling which is beautifully designed.

 

behind the statue are images of buddha with different hand gestures called as mudras (read docgelo’s interesting post, mudras: inspiring gestures).

 

just opposite dhammikarama is wat chaiyamangalaram, a thai temple with a reclining buddha which is said to be third of the largest in the world.

 

docgelo took a picture of me with his wife and son. it was a memorable time for me visiting penang with him and his family.

 

thanks doc for the tour! a day in penang is not enough but i enjoyed it a lot. if everything goes well back here at work i might visit you again sometime next year.. show me more of penang then! 🙂