Sunday, May 2, 2010

Life in TH - Glory of the Past, Ayutthaya (Part II)

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After lunch, my 1st stop was Wat Thammikarat

This is a working wat, but also contains the ruins of a large chedi and a huge wiharn which has a large tree growing picturesquely out of the side of one wall. Here, I met this little monk boy and we had little fun while taking his photos.

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Admission: Free

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The next stop was the nearby Wat Na Phra Men.

The Temple is located across the river north of the palace. The must see in this temple is the bronze presidion Buddha image in the attitude of subduing evil.

According to legend, the Burmese king himself was firing one canon when it blew up, mortally wounding him. When the Burmese returned to finally take Ayutthaya in 1767, they left the temple alone out of superstition about what had happened to their king the last time.

Inside, the columns are painted a very dark red with gold decorations. The coffered ceiling is also intricately decorated in red and gold. On the dais at one end of the ubosot is a crowned Buddha image with a rather sour face.

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A monk reading

Openning: 8.00 - 17.00 Daily
Admission: 20 Baht

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Temple of the Reclining Buddha is one of the most famous landmarks of Ayutthaya.

Wat Lokayasutharam

The highlight of this temple is, obviously, the gigantic yet graceful reclining Buddha image, known locally as Phra Bhudhsaiyart. This reclining Buddha was constructed of bricks and cement in the Middle Ayutthaya Period and is 37 meters long and 8 meters high. As the head is resting on a lotus, the legs overlap squarely to show the equalized toes

This wat was important and you can still see many vestiges around the reclining Buddha.

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Back to the nest

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Resting under the tree enjoying the wind, water and the view, I felt great especially under the hot sun.

Opening: 24hrs
Admission: Free

At around 3.30pm Thailand time, we travelled to the new location... the Elephant Palace.

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