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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Amazing sites in Bangkok - Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun

With Laura’s daughter and niece with us now, we spent a day seeing some of the grand sites in Bangkok using the hop on hop off boat, our favorite way to get around. The Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun are amazing! So much history, beauty and culture wrapped up into these sites.

The Grand Palace is filled with so many temples, buildings, spires, statues, Buddhas and relics. It’s quite impressive with all the gold and mosaics. Definitely worth a visit! The king does not live there, but it is still used for important events.

Another impressive building at the Grand Palace. Its upkeep must keep many gardeners and maintenance staff very busy with its beautiful gardens and buildings.

The mosaics and gold embellishments on the buildings at the Grand Palace were impressive! The Grand Palace also houses Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (no picture taking allowed inside). Interesting the Emerald Buddha is actually made of jade—it is quite ornate and beautiful.

A tall guardian at the Grand Palace, it was one of the few people taller than Bob. 😉

The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Coming in at 46 meters long and 15 meters high, that’s one big gold Buddha. It’s not solid gold, rather it is plaster covered in gold leaf. Still very impressive!

Here is Phra Buddha Deva Patimakorn at Wat Pho. The Buddha is on an impressive three-tiered pedestal that also holds the ashes of Rama I, a king of Thailand.

An impressive Buddha gallery at Wat Pho. Two covered hallways at Wat Pho contain 300 gilded Buddhas!

Wat Arun, as viewed from the hop on hop off boat—you get some great views from the boat.

Erin and Michelle having a little fun at Wat Arun. The mosaics were incredible. Can’t imagine being a tile layer back in those days, must be comfortable with heights!

A happy gold Buddha! It’s like he is encouraging you to touch him for good luck.

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