Bangkok, Thailand

Buddhism in Thailand

Buddhism in Thailand is largely of the Theravada school. Nearly 95% of Thailand's population is Buddhist of the Theravada school, though Buddhism in this country has become integrated with folk beliefs such as ancestor worship as well as Chinese religions from the large Thai-Chinese population. Buddhist temples in Thailand are characterized by tall golden stupas, and the Buddhist architecture of Thailand is similar to that in other Southeast Asian countries, particularly Cambodia and Laos, with which Thailand shares cultural and historical heritage. (Wikipedia)

Gold Plated Buddha

Mother of pearl detail from the big Buddha's fee

The highly impressive gold plated reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high, and is designed to illustrate the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. The feet and the eyes are engraved with mother-of-pearl decoration, and the feet also show the 108 auspicious characteristics of the true Buddha.

One of the Temple's Exterior Shot in Bangkok

Several of the temple entrances were adorned with menacing statues that were humanlike figures with dragon heads standing powerfully upright and fiercely proud. The temples themselves were brightly decorated with millions of reflective tiles in a wide range of colours and patterns.

Street signs in Thailand

Old Houses and Street in Bangkok

With an estimated population of over 10 million in a country of only 60 million, Thailand's capital is the urban and cultural heart of the land. Choked with traffic, polluted, and corrupt, the city is also the financial capital of one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Although it's a city on the rise, with new construction and growing suburbs, much of the city center still is under-developed or in poor condition, but this is likely to change and vastly improve over the next several years. Despite some of the poorer areas, some parts of central Bangkok are all columns of glass and steel, hulking shopping malls and hotels. A newer addition to the city centre is the useful elevated rail line (the BTS skytrain), as well as a new subway system which opened back in 2004.

Monks buying food in the Street

The contrast of Religion, Tradition, Modernization and Lifestyle

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Situated 110 kms west of Bangkok, is a very attractive place for tourists to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying fruits, vegetables, etc., from small boats. You will also see traditional Thai houses, the way they live and travel by boats.

Temples in Bangkok

A lot of gold is used as an overlay on the more important temples in Thailand

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Wat Pho as it is generally known to the Thais, is mainly famous for the huge Reclining Buddha statue it houses. At 20 acres large, it is the largest Wat in Bangkok, and is technically the oldest too, as it was built around 200 years before Bangkok became Thailand's capital