Monday, March 23, 2015

Sao Ching Cha: The Giant Swing

I was sauntering down the road of Bamrung Mueang after my trip to Wat Saket (The Golden Mount), when all of a sudden this masterpiece caught my attention. The structure was kinda familiar to me, "Aha! I always see this in some posters and magazines as the iconic symbol of Bangkok". This tall red religious woodwork stood proudly in the middle of the busy traffic roundabout. Yes, this Giant Swing is a swing. In fact, it was coated with history and religion not just a typical landmark.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wat Saket: Temple of the Golden Mount

I could feel the searing heat as I walked on the pavements on my way to Bangkok's man-made hill crowed with a glistering gold stupa, The Golden Mount. Climbing the Golden Mount costed me twenty baht, which was economical. This well-known landmark has tall and sturdy tress, Buddhist chapels, innumerable stair steps, hundreds of small and big wall bells, gongs and captivating artworks. In order to discern visually the scenic view, I took numerous stair steps that encircled the stupa which made the climb quite daring. It was challenging but worth the effort because I was welcomed by the refreshing city breeze, chiming wall bells and panoramas of remarkable Bangkok. I reached the peak and it was incredibly awesome. Skyscrapers and beautiful city chaos mesmerized me. And the gleaming gold chedi stood proud as people took pictures of it. Spent almost half an hour aimlessly walking the place and taking good shots. This landmark opens at 9:00 - 17:00 and it is located between Boriphat Road and Lan Luang Road, off Ratchadamneon Road. 

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Wat Pho: Temple of the Reclining Buddha

I found myself lost in one of the largest temples in Bangkok, Wat Pho or popularly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Located near to the Grand Palace and to Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho should be in your to-do list when you are planning to wander around Bangkok. It is well-known for its Giant Reclining Buddha which measures 15 meters tall and 46 meters long. There are four chapels in this area that contain gilded Buddha images and lengthy lines of Buddha statues came from different parts of Thailand. The artworks here are absolutely jaw dropping. There are paintings that so intricately detailed and hard to decipher but still you will admire. The quadrangle at Wat Pho has 91 chedis decorated in floral ceramics and colorful tiles and also has Chinese Statues. You will be mesmerize to the creativity and elegance of this Temple. Finally, what's awesome in this gallivant was the amazing sunset that created ferocious clouds. It made my captured photos more vivid and lively.