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Bangkok’s Grand Palace part two

Like the previous post, this is a visual experience. Just photos. (But I must comment on the photo, in the last row below, of the fat man with the dribble down the front of his shirt. He insists that it is not the result of a poorly managed ice-cream cone or some other personal sloppiness. He claims it is simply the result of the fierce humidity.)

 
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The Golden Buddha of Bangkok

Published on October 17, 2006, by in Bangkok, Buddha, Thailand.

About 600 years ago, give or take a century, an unknown group of Buddhists in Thailand created a statue slightly more than 10 feat high, weighing more than 5 and 1/2 tons. That’s heavy because solid gold tends to be heavy. At the current price for gold, in the range of $600 per ounce, it also tends to be pricey. To that equation add the elegant beauty of its design and the excellence of its workmanship. Then you’ll have a definition of “priceless” that mocks the insipid pretensions of that credit card television commercial. The temple in which it sits

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Bangkok’s Grand Palace – Part One

This is just a photo album of scenes at the entrance The Grand Palace.  Other than the basic details about when, why, and how it was built, the Grand Palace is a visual experience.  But if you want those details, here are a few links that will spare me the time of repeating what I’ve looked up. WikiPedia entry for Grand Palace Into Asia Guide Bangkok Guide

 
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The Bangkok House of Joyful Moments

Published on October 17, 2006, by in Bangkok, Thailand.

What’s in name? Well, as I learned, the real name of Bangkok is a bigger, hotter mouthful than a cup of harissa sauce. Meaning?? Try this (from Wikipedia) . . . Krung-d?vamah?nagara amararatanakosindra mahindrayudhy? mah?tilakabhava navaratanar?jadh?n? pur?ramya utamar?janiv?sana mah?sth?na amaravim?na avat?rasthitya shakrasdattiya vishnukarmaprasiddhi. It translates to “The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built

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