Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, a city of contrast with action at every corner. Stare at the gleaming shrines, catch a tuk tuk along the busy streets or take a longtail boat through Chao Phraya River and see the legendary floating markets and how the locals live by Bangkok canals. I love these smiling people and their hospitality.
Mixing the cultural attractions and it’s nightlife, Bangkok never stop to amaze.
Some not to be missed sites are The Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha or Wat Pho, and Wat Arun, which are all located close to each other in the historic centre of Bangkok.
The Temple of Emerald Buddha is the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha, is the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade. Raised high on a series of platforms, no one is allowed near the Emerald Buddha except the King. A seasonal cloak, changed three times a year to correspond to the summer, winter, and rainy season covers the statue. The changing of the robe it is a very important ritual and is performed only by the King to bring good fortune to the country during each season. The temple of Emerald Buddha is beautifully decorated and has a great sense of peace about it.
Wat Pho is one of the largest temple complex in the city and is famous for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf.
Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn it was undergoing renovation so we couldn’t visit it but they say that because of the very different design compared with the other temples is one of the most stunning temple in Bangkok. Wat Arun is partly made up of colourfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water.
I will take it as an excuse for another trip 😉
See you next time Bangkok.