The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 3: Wat Phra Kaeo

Join us for a virtual tour of Bangkok’s most important temple complex, housing the sacred Emerald Buddha.

NOTE: “And now for something completely different.” Thor and I made our first trip to Asia — the beautiful country of Thailand.  We were lucky to squeak through the pandemic flight closures this January/February of 2020 as we returned from our three-week trip. Since more travel has now become a distant prospect, we hope you’ll take a virtual vacation with us in the following weeks. (This blog series started on June 13.)

As you may recall from last week’s post, Thor and I took the “river bus” from our hotel to the closest station to Wat Phra Kaeo.

The morning was already heating up as we threaded a labyrinth of vendor stalls, following the dense crowds. We were really glad to purchase two shade parasols to fend off the fierce sun. This vendor was adding to the heat by burning joss paper for luck or to honor a recently deceased — there has been a big Chinese influence in Thailand on the development of culture and religion. Since our visit coincided with Chinese New Year, we were surrounded by Chinese visitors to the shrines and celebrations.

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The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 3: Wat Phra Kaeo — 4 Comments

    • Yes, poor Thor was really sweating in those heavy pants in the sun! And all these other people stopped following the rules once they passed the gatekeepers. He’s a good guy.

  1. One of the amazing features of these buildings is the decoration. Every inch is covered with intricately detailed carvings and mirrored glass and paintings. Quite a contrast with Greek temples.