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13 August 2006 @ 02:10 am
Bangkok  
Bad connecting flights meant a full day stop at Bangkok. So, we took the opportunity of roaming around the city. Twenty four hours is too short for anything, but we are glad to have seen Bangkok's most famous Buddhist temples and cruise on the Chao Phraya river. The unique architecture of their temples is something that I had only seen in the movies and photographs before and to be there in person is a much different experience. And as always, photographs cannot to any justice to the grandeur of any place - wild or man made - and you just have to be there to feel it.

This is not the kind of photography I usually do, but it's a nice break from craving for that perfect background and light which plays such an important role in making wildlife images. So, here are some images from those few hours in the kingdom of Thailand:






Tuk Tuk - the taxi for the common man



A vegetable vendor selling pumpkins



Buses love to be colorful like this one...



Motorbike Taxi!! Makes sense for a person traveling alone.



An ancient-look boat sails past the Hilton on the Chao Phraya river



Nice place for dinner - on a boat on the river of kings (Chao Phraya)



Dinner being served



View from the boat as the sun sets in



Last rays of the sun on a Thai temple



A temple is lit up after the sun goes down



Cruising on the river



Cruising on the river after sunset



The Thai grand palace at night



The Golden Buddha at Wat Trimitr - 5 tons of solid gold!



A monk entering a temple at Wat Pho



A warrior seems to be guarding the gates at Wat Pho



Chedis at Wat Pho. Chedis are built to commemorate great Thai kings and these four Chedis were built to honor the first three Chakri kings. They are like pyramids in a sense except that no bodies or human parts are inside the Chedi.



The Chedi for King Rama III. The color of the Chedi is different for each king and represents the color of the day they were born



The four large chedis - note the difference in color



There are smaller Chedis besides the four super large ones as well



A temple inside Wat Pho



The art of the Thai massage illustrated on this ancient wall.



Monks meditating in the Wat Pho temple



A mural at Wat Pho



Wat Pho's most famous Buddha - the 50 meter(!!) gold plated reclining Buddha.



People like to stick gold foils on the Buddha to help them attain what they seek in their next lives



Pillar of elephants.



A glass window in the Wat Banjamaborpitr temple



The Wat Banjamaborpitr temple which is built from marble imported from Italy



The peaceful Buddha inside the Wat Banjamaborpitr temple







 
 
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Manu Bhardwajmanubhardwaj on August 13th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC)
This is absolutely fantastic photography. It actually looks better in your photographs than it did to my own eyes. You took so many excellent photographs in just a single day!

As an aside, I can't believe you did, in one day, what took me a week!
Yathinyathin on August 13th, 2006 11:03 am (UTC)
> As an aside, I can't believe you did, in one day, what took me a week!

But I'm pretty sure I spent a lot more money in that one day than you did in a week :D
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on August 13th, 2006 10:16 am (UTC)
Wildlife or buildings, whatever you turn your cameras on becomes magical.
Yathinyathin on August 13th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
Nopes... It's just the places which are magical. :)
Pennyaellia on August 13th, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
A glorious glimpse of Bangkok!!
Verdandi Weavesverdandiweaves on August 13th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
These are amazing - thank you.
Atopiaailleurs on August 13th, 2006 10:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for the virtual voyage! Those were gorgeous!
~time~fiery_fiona on August 13th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
:D
never knew there were motorbike taxis!!! :DDD

Awesome photographs...the one with the chedis .. How did you capture them in the angular fashion? they seem to be converging!(but they are vertical!)
Yathinyathin on August 13th, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
Re: :D
> How did you capture them in the angular fashion?

That's usual wide-angle stuff. I just went down on my knees to get more of the sky.
~time~fiery_fiona on August 13th, 2006 11:19 am (UTC)
Re: :D
Yep..that is pretty much there in many pictures(even when we capture doors,building etc..a very common way )..but what i was eyeing at was they appear to be leaning(converging was the wrong term)...

But just saw that they are themselves angular to each other in the horizontal plane(missed the corner) , my bad!

IdahoSwedeidahoswede on August 13th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
Since you keep saying you are not a professional, you do this out of love, tell me what I must do in order to get some prints from you? I would be so happy to pay printing costs, postage costs, whatever it takes.
Yathinyathin on August 13th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
The simplest (quickest, easiest and probably the best) way is for me to email a larger resolution picture and you can get in printed in any studio in Sweden.
ZuZusuzan_s on August 13th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, wow, WOW! You got some great photos for only one day. They're all terrific but the night shots were awesome. What a beautiful place!
Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on August 13th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
Nice pictures...
These places look fabulous though i must agree that spiritual places dont attract me much.
sandykinssandykins on August 13th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
Breathtaking..especially some shots in the boat!!
Anuazooey on August 13th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
stunning pics! are you travelling alone? whats ur iternary like?
Yathinyathin on August 13th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm back in namma Bengaluru.
depontideponti on August 13th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO much Yathin. In the first place, you took me back to a place I really loved (we decided to blow up some money and DID stay in the Hilton that you photographed!)...and the sights, and sounds, and smells, all came rushing back....

and of course the photographs are excellent, you seem to have packed your day to great advantage to you..and to us!
First name, a nickname or a handlesmriti on August 13th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
hey, very nice pics, thanks for posting!
Margaretrivendweller on August 13th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
Very interesting! Thanks for posting this.
Sandeepsan_deep on August 13th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
Simply superb dude...
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on August 14th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
Nice warm photos, best stop over you had I suppose;-)

Meanwhile dinner being served, is in boat isn't it?
Yathinyathin on August 14th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Yep, dinner was served on the boat... :)
smiles_tinasmiles_tina on August 14th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
Amazing pics! You sure made good use of the one day stop!:-)
Kiran Jonnalagaddajace on August 14th, 2006 09:11 am (UTC)
Your pics took me back there. BTW, the one of the temple being lit up at sunset appears to be Wat Arun. It's on the other side of the river from Wat Pho.
Yathinyathin on August 16th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
Yep, I think it is Wat Arun. We didn't go there, but the image on wikipedia seems to clarify that. Thanks.
ajat: Fey ...ajat on August 14th, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
:)

Lovely !
Vinit Bhansalivinit on August 14th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
Take it to the next level Yathin ...
http://www.kennethparker.com/
shadowquill on August 14th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Lovely photos! :D
rudugudurudugudu on August 16th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
Absolutely beautiful pictures. Too bad I didn't visit Wat Banjamaborpitr when I was there. It looks beautiful in your photographs
mujib on August 17th, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
Great pictures.
usha658 on August 18th, 2006 07:38 am (UTC)
Amazing _ I've got a feel of the place already and know I am going to love it. Have made up my mind to go and check it out at the earliest opportunity.
The pictures are just beautiful
And thanks for adding my blog to the syndicated Live journal blogs.
sandeepdeepsan on August 21st, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
'A vegetable vendor selling pumpkins' is perfect!