Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya (7)

Thanks for being with here. Still walking within the compounds of Wat Pho, there are lots of beautiful architecture to enjoy and also to see the locals coming here to pray and give offering aside from the tourists (like myself) wondering around the temple.

A shot of the temple inside. Yup I would say a near perfect clear blue sky which means it was also quite hot too.

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Another shot of the temple…..

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Ubosot is a building in a Buddhist Wat. It is the holiest prayer room and called the “ordination hall” as it is where ordinations take place

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Guess… sometimes.. words can’t describe them unless you see it with your own eyes the beauty of it.

Royal Chedis

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Small chedis

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Stone guardians standing at the gates…

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Locals offering their prays in the temple.

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Stay tune for the next posting on this series. =)

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Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya (6)

Thanks for following me this far. We are more than half way through my series; Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya.

One of the buildings close to the Grand Palace. Not sure what building is this. Anyone knows?

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Anyway.. let head inside of Wat Pho. It is a Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand. Located in the Rattanakosin district directly adjacent to the Grand Palace. It is also known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, where it’s official name is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan. I also got to know that the temple is the birthplace for traditional Thai Massage. =O

 

 

 

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View from outside the perimeter of the temple. Lots of vendor stalls outside the temple selling souvenirs.

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Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest Wat temples in Bangkok; 80,000 square meters and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, as well as one of the largest single Buddha images of 160 ft length Reclining Buddha.

Some shots taken inside the Wat; Chedis from far.

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Lovely architecture; close up of the chedis

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Royal chedis…

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More? Sure. Just stay tune for the next posting. Remember… we are just only slightly half way through this series only. =)

Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya (2)

Hi! Still enjoying the ferry bus ride on Chao Phraya. Well… there’s more! So let get moving. =)

Still riding on the ferry bus along Chao Phraya river. Sight of old and new building along side the banks of the river.

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A shot from the side of the ferry.

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Ferry buses docking to on the Ratchawong Express boat piers on the banks.

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Crossing under Memorial Bridge. The bridge was opened on 6 April 1932, by King Prajadhipok in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Chakri Dynasty and the foundation of Bangkok just shortly before the Siamese Coup d’état on 24 June 1932.

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The temple; Wat Prayun Wongsawat Worawihan at the far background.

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Another temple close to the river banks; Wat Kalayanamitr

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If you love the temples and their architecture, then you should take a ride here and take stops along the way to enjoy the beauty.

Anyway, stay tune for more on this.

Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya (1)

Hello!! Welcome back to my blog. If you have followed me from my previous series, I am still covering on my trip to Bangkok, Thailand back in 2008 (yes… way back then! A delayed posting. =P )

This was my 3rd day in Thailand and I have covered earlier posting on; Damnoen Saduak Ratchaburi Floating Market, Fruit Orchard in Ratchaburi Province, Wat Nong Hoi Temple in Ratchaburi Province , Tree Temple at Samut Songkhram Province, King Rama II Memorial Park at Amphawa, and my last series was on Amphawa Floating Market

Today I will cover on my trip along Chao Phraya River which passes through Bangkok city.

A brief intro before I start my journey. Chao Phraya is one of the major rivers in Thailand with its low alluvial plains. Along the river, there a lots of settlements such as Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Singburi, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Bangkok and Samut.  These cities are among the most historically significant and densely populated settlements of Thailand because of their access to the waterway.

In Bangkok, the Chao Phraya is a major transportation gateway for a vast network of river buses, cross-river ferries and water taxis, also known as longtails. There are more than 15 boat lines operate on the rivers and canals of the city, including commuter lines which you can choose from which I will be taking as one of the transport around the river. =)

Ok… let’s get going. Starting off, I hopped on to the Bangkok Skytrain to the Saphan Taksin station (on Shilon Line) in Sathorn District to catch the river bus on Chao Phraya river.

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From the Saphan Taksin station, it was a few minutes walk to the Sathorn Pier. Easy walk. =)

A view from the pier to catch the Sathorn Pier or the Central Pier of the 21km Chao Phraya River Express Boat route.

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The pier is right under the bridge of Sathon Road.

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One of the River buses… shape with roof like an  old Thailand building architecture.

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Hotel Shangrila Palace which is next to Chao Phraya  River.

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One of the many piers along Chao Phraya river.

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Holy Rosary Church built by the Portuguese in Samphanthawong on the bank of Chao Phraya; south of Yaowarat, Chinatown.

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Interesting ride. Wanna see more? Come and follow me on my next posting on this series of ride down River Chao Phraya. =)