Sightseeing in Thailand

One of the reasons for going to Thailand was to experience what it was like to live in a Buddhist country–something you felt from the moment you arrived at the airport.

Arrival at the Bangkok airport. IMG_0444

Arrival at the Bangkok airport.

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Sign at airport.

There were the uniquely Thai temples everywhere. Some small, but many very large magical structures. From rinpoche’s room on the fourth floor at the Salathum Retreat Center north of Bangkok, seven giant temple complexes could be seen along the river. We were there during the King’s birthday and the place was unusually festive. Although we were in meditation when the fireworks went off and could not take any photos–it was a fantastic display that could be seen up and down the river at each of the temples even from our cushions. The trip to Buddhamonthon, a public park dedicated to the Buddha, with the “Liberation of the Animals” ceremony held there was another high point of the visit to Thailand.

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One of the temples across the river from retreat center. IMG_0622

One of the temples across the river from retreat center.

Stupas at a temple across the river from the meditation center. IMG_0542

Stupas at a temple across the river from the meditation center.

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Detail of temple.

One of many giant Buddhas. This one was under construction in temple across the river from retreat center. IMG_0482

One of many giant Buddhas. This one was under construction in temple across the river from retreat center.

Although the retreat did not allow much time for sightseeing, a final lunch was held in a Chinese vegetarian restaurant in downtown Bangkok after the fish release ceremony and visit to Buddhamonthon.

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2-Final lunch in Bangkok after the retreat. IMG_5725

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4-Final lunch in Bangkok after the retreat. IMG_5723

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After lunch some of the group went to tour the Palace and Emerald Buddha and on to Wat Po and the reclining Buddha. They ended the day with dinner on the 60th floor of one of the many Bangkok skyscrapers.

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Dharma Protectors at the Palace. IMG_1101

Dharma Protectors at the Palace.

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Taking selfie at Palace.

The Emerald Buddha

The Emerald Buddha

The Golden Stupa.

The Golden Stupa.

 

The gold reclining Buddha at Wat Po.

The gold reclining Buddha at Wat Po.

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Bangkok suspension bridge.

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Sendoff at the Bangkok airport.

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