Travelogue: Bangkok Dreaming

Monday, December 12, 2011

My husband and I recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit his hometown of Bangkok, Thailand. After spending a few GORGEOUS days in the south in Phuket (which has the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen!), we hopped on a short flight to the country's capital. There, we explored some of the world's most famous Buddhist temples (known as Wat in Thai), including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) - which boasts a Buddha statue 50 feet high and 143 feet long!

Image from Wat Pho

Images from Wat Phra Kaew
Thai architecture is very distinct. Roofs of traditional buildings typically have multiple tiers and have curved, pointed corners to evoke the images of serpents and birds common in Hindu iconography.

The gold in the temples is just dazzling and is offset by boldly colored mosaics for a kaleidoscopic effect.

Remember, inspiration can come from anywhere! Seeing the majesty of gold in the temples reminds one what a luxuriously powerful color it is. And the supporting mosaics were appropriately made up of basic primary colors red, blue and green for a harmonious result.

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