Bangkok, day 2 – temples

On the second day in Bangkok, the plan was to see Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Grand Palace.

(Wat=Temple)

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn/Templul Rasaritului)

I thought I will see yet another temple, but Wat Arun is slightly different than any other that I’ve seen so far. The central tower is built in Khmer style and has pieces of colorful porcelain encrusted on its surface. It has very steep stairs and there are statues of monkeys and demons all around it.

To get to Wat Arun, we took the sky-train to Saphan Taksin (the Central pier) and from there the express boat to Tha Thien pier (40 Bahts/person), from where we took a ferry to cross Chao Phraya River (3 Baht/person).

Wat Arun seen from the express boat on the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok/ templul wat Arun vazut de pe raul Chao Phraya din BangkokWat Arun seen from the express boat on the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok/ templul wat Arun vazut de pe raul Chao Phraya din Bangkok

The entrance at Wat Arun Temple/intrarea in templul ArunThe entrance at Wat Arun Temple/intrarea in templul Arun

Guardian at Wat ArunGuardian at Wat Arun

Beautiful columns at Wat Arun Temple in BangkokBeautiful columns at Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok

at wat arun complex in bangkokWat Arun gardens, in Bangkok

thailand king

Thailand’s king photo is all over the country./Poza regelui Tailandei este peste tot

wat arun bangkok sculptures

Sculptures at Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok./Statui

buddha statues at wat arun

buddha statues at wat arun./Multe statui ale lui Buddha

inside Arun

inside Wat Arun

wat arun posing

some people posing in Thai costumes./oameni pozand in costume tailandeze

wat arun Bangkok

Insite Wat Arun./In interiorul templului Arun

an Asian lady wanted to have a photo with me/o doamna asiatica a vrut sa faca o poza cu mine

an Asian lady wanted to have a photo with me/o doamna asiatica a vrut sa faca o poza cu mine

Attention, if you are a foreigner and you don't pay the 50 Baht ticket, this fierce Police Dog will bark, and bark...and bark.../Daca nu cumperi bilet, acest "fioros" caine politist va latra necontenit

Attention, if you are a foreigner and you don’t pay the 50 Baht ticket, this fierce Police Dog will bark, and bark…and bark…/Daca nu cumperi bilet, acest “fioros” caine politist va latra necontenit

Sculptures on the central tower at Wat Arun/sculpturi pe turnul central in Templul Arun

Sculptures on the central tower at Wat Arun/sculpturi pe turnul central in Templul Arun

Stone sculptures in Wat Arun complex

Stone sculptures in Wat Arun complex

Monk vacuuming in the temple./calugar dand cu aspiratorul

Monk vacuuming in the temple./calugar dand cu aspiratorul

Beautiful flowers at Wat Arun/Flori proaspete in templul Arun

Beautiful flowers at Wat Arun/Flori proaspete in templul Arun

children

children

Porcelain on Wat Arun central tower/portelan pe turnul central din templul Arun

Porcelain on Wat Arun central tower/portelan pe turnul central din templul Arun

A fat Buddha./ Un Buddha cam grasut

A fat Buddha./ Un Buddha cam grasut

columns at Wat Arun./Coloane la templul Arun

columns at Wat Arun./Coloane la templul Arun

Wat Arun Complex

Wat Arun Complex

Statue at Wat Arun

Statue at Wat Arun

Me at Wat Arun

Me at Wat Arun

Garden at Wat Arun in Bangkok./Gradina templului Arun

Garden at Wat Arun in Bangkok./Gradina templului Arun

Tower at Wat Arun

Tower at Wat Arun

Steep Stairs at Wat Arun./Scari abrupte

Steep Stairs at Wat Arun./Scari abrupte

Wat Arun Complex viewed from the central temple./Complexul Templului Arun, vedere din turnul central

Wat Arun Complex viewed from the central temple./Complexul Templului Arun, vedere din turnul central

Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha/Templul lui Buddha culcat)

Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok and it hosts over 1000 images of Buddha and also the biggest Buddha statue in Thailand – a 43 m long Reclining Buddha (his position before entering Nirvana -the ultimate state of peace and happiness).

Around the temple there are 16 gates  guarded by Chinese rock giants. Inside the courtyard there are many beautiful chedis containing the ashes of Buddha.

The reclining Buddha in Wat Pho, Bangkok./ Buddha culcat in templul Pho din Bangkok

The reclining Buddha in Wat Pho, Bangkok./ Buddha culcat in templul Pho din Bangkok. Statuie de 43 metri lungime

Wat Pho/Templul Pho

Wat Pho/Templul Pho

Chedis (Stupas) at Wat Pho

Chedis (Stupas) at Wat Pho

Chinese guard at one of the entrances at Wat Pho/Statuie de paza la una din intrarile in templul Pho

Chinese guard at one of the entrances at Wat Pho/Statuie de paza la una din intrarile in templul Pho

Reclining Buddha with his giant feet./Buddha culcat si picioarele sale uriase

Reclining Buddha with his giant feet./Buddha culcat si picioarele sale uriase

one of the many chedis at Wat Pho

one of the many chedis at Wat Pho

Detail

Detail

many Buddha statues

many Buddha statues

Rules./"Ingenuncheati pe podea pentru a arata respect statuii lui Buddha"

Rules./”Ingenuncheati pe podea pentru a arata respect statuii lui Buddha”

Wat Pho

Wat Pho

Another Buddha statue at Wat Pho./O alta statuie a lui Buddha in templul Pho din Bangkok

Another Buddha statue at Wat Pho./O alta statuie a lui Buddha in templul Pho din Bangkok

Bell at Wat Pho

Bell at Wat Pho

Shall we see Grand Palace?

At least this was the plan, but at the first gate the guard told us the site is closed until 2PM.

At the next gate few hundred meters further, a friendly man with guard badge and very official looking approached us and said the temple is closed for a few hours, but in the mean time we should take a tuk-tuk to see 3 other places around Bangkok  and that we should not pay more than 40 Baht. He sounded very plausible so we fell for it.

Apparently, this is one of the biggest scams at Grand Place, in Bangkok, but I had no clue about it!!! They want to take you to different tailor shops to buy clothes and they get commission for it (they get much more if the clients that they bring in order suits or dresses).

Only in the tuk-tuk I realized something is not right and the scam was confirmed when one of the sites we “visited” was a tailor shop and the driver asked us to go in and have a look. Of course we did not buy any suit or dress, so we went to the third site, The Golden Mount, where our tuk-tuk driver abandoned us (we didn’t even pay him before he left). Luckily it wasn’t far from Grand Palace, so we walked, having the chance to see more parts of Bangkok.

On the streets of Bangkok./Pe strazile din Bangkok

On the streets of Bangkok./Pe strazile din Bangkok

Bus on the streets of Bangkok./Autobuz in Bangkok

Bus on the streets of Bangkok./Autobuz in Bangkok

Barbed wire due to the protests in Bangkok./Sarma ghimpata datorita protestelor din Bangkok

Barbed wire due to the protests in Bangkok./Sarma ghimpata datorita protestelor din Bangkok

Pink elephants statues next to Grand Palace./Elefanti roz langa palat

Pink elephants statues next to Grand Palace./Elefanti roz langa palat

So, the Grand Palace is NOT closed during day for monks to pray, nor for god know what ceremony! Don’t believe anything anyone is telling you! If you have to ask for direction or information, is better to ask another tourist.

At the Grand Palace it was very crowded, lots of Asians and noisy tourists. The first thing you see is that you have to wear long pants and cover your shoulders (but they lend you clothes to cover yourself if necessary). The entrance is 500 Baht.

Considering all that happened before (the scam) and the ridiculous price and rules to see just another temple, we decided that Grand Palace is not worth the visit.

Outfit rules at Grand Palace in Bangkok./Restrictii vestimentare la palatul din Bangkok. Obligatoriu pantaloni lungi!

Outfit rules at Grand Palace in Bangkok./Restrictii vestimentare la palatul din Bangkok. Obligatoriu pantaloni lungi!

Grand Palace viewed from outside

Grand Palace viewed from outside

And 3 more photos taken from the boat:

Buddhist monk on the boat./Calugar budist in barca pe raul Chao Phraya din Bangkok

Buddhist monk on the boat./Calugar budist in barca pe raul Chao Phraya din Bangkok

View of Bangkok from Chao Phraya river./Bangkok vazut din barca de pe raul Chao Phraya

View of Bangkok from Chao Phraya river./Bangkok vazut din barca de pe raul Chao Phraya

Bangkok- view from the boat/vedere din barca

Bangkok- view from the boat/vedere din barca

7 thoughts on “Bangkok, day 2 – temples

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    • Haha, pai ce sa zic, calatorie placuta data viitoare si have fun taking photos! Eu am incercat sa vad cat mai mult in timpul pe care l-am avut, pentru ca nu mi-e usor sa ajung din nou acolo..de fapt nu cred ca voi mai ajunge acolo vreodata 😀
      Ma bucur ca ti-au placut pozele mele 🙂

      • Multumesc mult! Eu abia am inceput cu calatoriile – desi am fost in trecut in Filipine de cateva ori, pentru antrenament. Iar partea aia din Asia e zona mea de interes maxim – din Nepal pana in Indonesia 🙂 Toate cele bune si spor la calatorit in continuare!

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