I’m a firestarter

Tue 9th August 2011

Today we stumbled upon a religious Chinese festival. This festival occurs daily, and people from all over Bangkok come to pray in front of the most sacred Chinese Buddha.

Matt

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Claire

Claire says...

Considering we must have looked like lost sheep, the people were very welcoming. They showed us how to light incense sticks and candles, to place in the bowls. I like that they are proud of their beliefs and culture and that they wanted to share it with us.

 

Pimp my tourist

Mon 8th August 2011

Is it me or does this big chap look like a bit of a pimp? Leaning on his stick and with his cool hat I think he just may be. His twin brother was the other side of the gate so I guess it must be the family business.

Matt

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Claire

Claire says...

This big fella was guarding one of the entrances to the temple. People were stopping to take photos because they probably thought they should. I like the way he’s resting his hands on his stick just like the way Matt rests his hands on his camera.

 

Golden balls?

Mon 8th August 2011

This is a huge ~6 meter golden Buddha inside one of Bangkoks many temples. Below he is surrounded by candles and other religious symbols.

Matt

Matt says...

Ignore the slightly disrespectful post title; but it had to be asked. There was a Buddhist monk talking about this Buddha (with a mega-phone) but unfortunately I don’t speak Thai.

 
Claire

Claire says...

One of the many sacred Buddhas inside one of the many temples. We crept through the Thai prayers to sneak this picture, but I felt guilty for somehow invading their privacy.

 

Wat Phra Chetuphon

Mon 8th August 2011

The colours all around the temples are absolutely fantastic. When the sun is out all the gold leaf really shines. Stunning blue sky too.

Matt

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Claire

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I really adore the bright, colourful detail on this Thai temple decor. The sun had come out by this point, so they looked even more stunning against the blue sky.

 

“You are a very convincing dragon”

Mon 8th August 2011

To quote from Big Earl in Starsky & Hutch – “I’m not gonna lie to you. This is gonna get kinda weird… Two dragons”.

Matt

Matt says...

Look at these two dragons, almost like they were separated at birth (only joking!). There is a likeness though…

 
Claire

Claire says...

I always did love the theme tune to Puff the Magic Dragon. This one called for a stupid impression. Accurate, don’t you think?

 
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