S: Thailand 200? 2006, 20012
FC: Thailand Photographs by Paul A Gitman
1: Bangkok, city view
2: Bangkok, views from the river
5: Statue outside of the Grand Palace | Outside wall of the Grand Palace
6: Grand Palace Compound
7: Grand Palace
11: Grand Palace | The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925.
21: Grand Palace
28: Grand Palace
29: Wat Arun
30: Wat Arun | Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn, is named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn. This Wat or Buddhist temple is an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology. In the mythology of Tibetan Buddhism, Mount Meru is a place that simultaneously represents the center of the universe and the single-pointedness of mind sought by adepts. | Wat Arun
32: Wat Arun
35: Wat Arun
37: Sunset, Wat Arun
38: Golden Buddha | The Golden Buddha, officially titled Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon, is the world's largest solid gold statue. It is located in the temple of Wat Traimit. It is thought that the statue came from Ayutthaya and it was disguised under plaster to hide it from the Burmese, who were besieging the city. It is made in the Sukhothai Dynasty style, and is thought to have been made during the Sukhothai period in the 13th century,
40: Golden Buddha
41: Standing Buddha | In 1867, Somdej Phra Buddhachan started the construction of this giant Buddha called Luang Pho To, logs and structural steel were used as alternate abutments. After his death in 1872 construction continued until completion in 1927. This spanned the reigns of King Rama IV to King Rama VII. Luang Pho To stands 32 metres tall and is 11 metres wide.
42: Standing Buddha, Buddha covered with gold leaf placed by individuals
43: Leng Buai La Shrine | The shrine is considered to be the oldest Chinese shrine in Thailand. It was built in 1658, during the Ayutthaya period.
44: Leng Buai La Shrine
45: Golden Mount | Phu Khao Thong (Golden mountain is a steep artificial hill inside the Wat Saket compound.
46: Golden Mount | Rama I's grandson, King Rama III (1787–1851), decided to build a chedi of huge dimensions inside Wat Saket. Unfortunately, the chedi collapsed during construction because the soft soil of Bangkok could not support the weight. Over the next few decades, the abandoned mud-and-brick structure acquired the shape of a natural hill and was overgrown with weeds. During the reign of King Rama IV, construction began of a small chedi on the hill. It was completed early in the reign of his son, King Rama V (1853–1910). A relic of the Buddha was brought from India and placed in the chedi. The surrounding concrete walls were added in the 1940s to stop the hill from eroding. The modern Wat Saket was built in the early 20th century of Carrara marble.
48: Golden Mount
49: Wat Pho | Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok and is home to one of the largest single Buddha images of 160 ft length: the Reclining Buddha
54: Wat Pho
56: Wat Pho
61: Wat Pho
65: Wat Pho
66: Wat Mahathat Yuwarat Rangsarit Bangkok | Wat Mahathat was built in the Ayutthaya period and called Wat Salak. The revition of the Tripitaka (the Buddhist Canon) took place at this temple in A.D. 1788. In A.D. 1803 King Rama I arranged a meeting of high ranking monks to set up an examination system for monks and novices. King Rama V in A.D. 1896 donated the wealth of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Maha Vajirunahis who died in A.D. 1894 to complete the renovation of the Temple.
67: Wat Khanika Phon
68: Wat Mahapruttharam is a royal monastery. This is the bell tower of the monastery. | Wat Mahapruttharam
69: Wat Mahapruttharam
70: Wat Pathumkhongkha. | The Wat is a second class royal temple and dates from the Ayutthaya period. In the reign of King Rama I, the temple was renovated as a merit-making dedicated to his father Thongdee.
72: Wat Phitchaya Yatikaram Worawiharn
73: Wat Phitchaya Yatikaram Worawihan, is a second class temple of the Worawihan type. There is no record of when the temple was originally built, but is likely from the period when Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam and Bangkok was largely a port for transshipment of goods to Ayutthaya. During the reign of King Rama III, Somdet Chao Phraya Borom Mahapichaiyat who was a high ranking official in the king's court, discovered the temple and decided to restore it as a favor to the king.
74: Wat Phitchaya Yatikaram Worawihan, .
75: Canals of Bangkok
76: Floating Market
78: Chinatown Gate, Bangkok
80: Ayutthaya The city was founded in 1350 by King U Thong, who went there to escape a smallpox outbreak in Lop Buri and proclaimed it the capital of his kingdom. In 1767, the city was destroyed by the Burmese army, resulting in the collapse of the kingdom
94: Ayutthaya historical park
99: Ayutthaya historical park
100: Wat Samphanthawong A Buddhist temple founded in the 13th century,renovated in 1796 by King Rama 1 and later by King Rama 1V in the late 18th century .
101: Wat Mangkon Kamalawat | Wat Mangkon Kamalawat was founded as a Mahayana Buddhist temple around 1871, by Phra Archan Chin Wang Samathiwat , initially with the name Wat Leng Noei Yi. It was later given its current name, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, meaning "Dragon Lotus Temple", by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V)
102: Bangkok, Royal Barges
104: Wat Prayoon at dusk, Bangkok
105: Wat Prayoon
106: Chinese Cemetery in Kwai
107: American War Cemetery, Kwai
108: War Museum detailing building of the Bridge over the River Kwai and its bombing
109: Bridge over the River Kwai
110: Wat seen from train
111: Prasat Muang Singh Muang Singh is said to have been built between the late 12th to the early 13th Century A.D. It must have been an important outpost of Angkor as it was mentioned in the Prasat Phra Khan inscription made during the reign of King Jayavarman VII.
114: Sunrise as we leave Bangkok