The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 4: Bangkok Grand Palace and Wat Arun

Thor and I continue our explorations of important sacred sites in Bangkok.

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.)

In the last Bangkok post, we took the river “bus” to Wat Phra Kaeo, where we braved the crowds and heat to marvel at the sacred Emerald Buddha and elaborate architecture of the wat compound. We received our blessing bracelets from Buddhist monks robed in orange and wearing protective face masks, an unsettling reminder of the then-new COVID-19 virus starting to raise concerns. Now in July, of course, the sight of people wearing face masks is a reassuring sight. How quickly things change!

With our bracelets and our parasols to guard us from the intensely fierce sun, we left the wat past one more beautiful temple….

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The Rambling Writer Visits Thailand, part 4: Bangkok Grand Palace and Wat Arun — 4 Comments

  1. I have never in a country where the king is so revered. There are pictures of him everywhere. I could pick him out of a lineup.