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Posted by on Jan 24, 2011 | 2 comments

Thailand’s Blue Tiger: Day 2 (Scene 3)

Filming Location: Bangkok

Day 2

Scene 3

Bangkok’s Grand Palace is truly spectacular. With so many elements diffused in the area, you don’t know where to fix your gaze. Real and imaginary beings of all sizes, materials and colors, watch you from their respective positions. Buildings bathed in the warm sunlight wait to be discovered. Huge chedis raise their impressive bodies towards the sky. Your feet do not know where to move. You feel like a kid in a toy store. You like everything you see. A tingling sensation invades you from head to toe. 

We entered the royal complex through Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In Thailand, the country’s most important temple is adjacent to the residence of the kings (this is also the case of the first two capitals of Thailand, Sukhothai and Ayuthaya). Once we crossed one of the entrances, we found ourselves in an open area were mythological guardians observe silently the hordes of visitors. It is also an area full of pagodas and chedis. A chedi is a hill-like structure containing Buddhist relics. They are known as stupas, as well.

I’ll let the pictures narrate a story of beauty and exquisiteness.

We started approaching one of the entrances from the outer patio.

View of the pagodas and chedis inside the palace

Then, the guardians appeared.

Giants standing still under the glistening sun.

Peaking at visitors while surrounded by whismical architecture.

Holding their spades with hands accentuated with emerald rings.

Maybe they are guarding the chedis.

Big chedi at Grand Palace

Another view of the chedi

Contrast between stone statue and chedi

And of course, we should not forget the golden guardians.  Blending themselves with the chedi’s tones.

What do you think?  Do you have stories related to guardians, chedis and palaces?

2 Comments

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