A Small Adventure
One of the oldest and most well preserved temples in the Angkor complex. It was made as a shrine to Shiva. The multi-headed snake is a Naga which represents the primal forces of nature protecting the site. The god on the elephant is Indra. Shiva is not represented as a human figure: a form called a lingam is used instead, which looks like a pillar coming from the top of a pitcher, and represents sexuality/fertility.
The Golden Buddha in Wat Traimit is made of solid gold and weighs 5.5 tons. It is made of solid gold and weighs 5.5 tons. It was found covered in plaster outside of Bangkok and moved to the city. At one point it was dropped, the plaster cracked and the gold was discovered.
Travel Bangkok was seamless. Before I left India through Delhi, I stopped with a group of friends in Agra and saw the Taj Mahal. That building is outstanding. The pictures of it do not show the massive walled complex surrounding it and the twin red mosques, each almost as large as the Taj, sitting to either side.
Bangkok is a very different place than any Indian city. The first two things I noticed were the heat and the legs! Men wear shorts and women wear skirts. People in India do not do this.
Bangkok is beautiful. Alex, a friend from Antioch, and I have gone to the royal palace and a handful of Thai Buddhist Temples, called wats. It is interesting to see the difference between Thai Buddhism in practice and other forms in Bodhgaya and the Himalayas.
Included pictures are muaythai Thai kickboxing, Wat Arun the Temple of Dawn, and The Reclining Buddha at Wat Po.