Thursday, February 24, 2011

There's a Rattanakosin, what am I gonna do?

Bangkok is a sprawling, bustling metropolis... probably. Fortunately, I've managed to avoid getting stressed out and even more confused than the heat is achieving already by limiting my horizons to Rattanakosin Island (รัตนโกสินทร์), where all the old, interesting stuff is.

Come on then, I haven't got all day.

Rama VIII road bridge, connecting my squat to Rattanakosin city. I feel like I'm in that Tom and Jerry episode where they fight inside a piano

Marble elephants at Sanam Luang (not seen any real ones yet)

Democracy Monument prepares for launch

Decapitated Buddha at Art Gallery Bangkok

Citta Sankhara's Cetasika City. Try saying that with a mouthful of phat thai.
(Art Gallery Bangkok)

Loha Prasat

Lethal spires and pleasant garlands at Loha Prasat

The pleasingly monochrome Ordination Hall. Featuring red

Buy your tat here! Just one of many ways Bangkok reminds me of Venice

Wat Saket
(The Golden Mount)

The only section with its own opening credits

It's like something from The Divine Comedy (Alighieri, not Hannon)

Bangkok from the Golden Mount

The Mount's power source. If you destroy this, it explodes

Creepy laughing kid with baguette.
Bread isn't that funny, surely? (Don't call me Shirley etc.)

Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing.
Or big, pointless red thing as it's now known, since they took the swing away (spoilsports)

Wat Phra Kaew
(Temple of the Emerald Buddha)

Temple of

the Emerald Buddha

Spot the lizard

Wat Pho
(Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

The gaping maw of Wat Pho (title of my next adventure film)

Thai temples look so much meaner than Taiwan's

But they're also so gaudy, they wouldn't look out of place in my nana's house

Look, it's me! In Thailand! What am I doing there?
(A: Getting burned)

Just lazy

Buddha's bhuddies

A political protest? In Bangkok? 
At least now I know the Thai for 'down with this sort of thing'

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