Sunday, May 2, 2010

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

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Meet Mr Elephant at The Royal Kraal.

I could go up close and even touched the elephants. With Thai mahouts (elephant trainers) around this huge animals can do many funny tricks like bow, kiss, play hullahoop etc

Visitor can paid a fees to travel around the ancient city by the friendly and big elephant dressing in colourful clothes.

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I walked slowly to the nearby Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit.

I met few monks whom came from Changmai, to my surprise one of them can speak very well english, I had a short chat and took some photos of them as well.

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Always remember not to wear shoe inside the wat

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Afternoon sun shining through the back gate of Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit

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School kids queuing up to go into Wat Phra Si San Phet, its free for them

Within a short walking distance The Ancient Palace - Wat Phra Si San Phet were in my eyesight

Built in the reign of King Boromtrilokanath, Wat Phra Sri San Phet was the biggest temple in the area at its peak and is historically very significant.

This is a large site, visitors can wander through to get a genuine feel for the Ayutthaya’s historic past. Quiet and in a pleasant environment, Wat Phra Si San Phet and the Ancient Palace are well worth spending a bit of time looking over. There will be light up around this site... however I can only shoot from outside.

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The design of the temple inspired the design of the Emerald Buddha Chapel in Bangkok and holds three large Chedi containing the ashes of three Ayutthayan kings. These Chedis have come to symbolize the essential qualities of Ayutthayan-period architecture and are much published images.

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And I met my new made friends again!

Opening: 8.00 - 17.30 Daily
Admission: 50 Baht

Well, it was time to get ready for my next destination, this place is good to shoot for sunset...

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