The first three days of our trip were spent in Bangkok. On day one we visited a local market. Day two we took in the heat (39 degrees), crowds and the Reclining Buddha and Emerald Palace. The Emerald Palace is simply stunning. The pictures below do not do it justice. I’ll add more from my camera when I return. These were taken with my phone.
The Emerald Buddha sits in a high position inside and is dressed appropriately seasonally. The opulence inside is breath taking. No photography allowed. Although that means I can’t bring to you images from our visit, I like the fact that they protect this room like that. Anna who showed us around is a Buddhist herself and I learnt a lot about Buddhism from her during our stay. For example;
*The Buddha image or statue should always be placed above waist level.
* The Buddah shouldn’t be used for decoration or as a plant pot or such like.
* At the top comes the Buddah, then the Buddhist monks, then kings and royalty.
It’s worth learning about the various Buddhist figures and what they mean. The Buddhists themselves appreciate it. Anna taught us their meaning and history do I chose figures that reflected us, for example the figures for Friday and Sunday, the days Lyla and I were born.
We also filed through to see the Reclning Buddha which is impressive craftsmanship and well worth a visit if you’re in the area.