Mar 23, 2013

We have admired some splendid and glittering temples.

 On the fourth day, we were free the whole day. We have planned to do
sight-seeing in Bangkok city by ourselves. I was anxious that my plans
might not go well but everything went smoothly as expected.

 The breakfast at  “Century Park Hotel”  was tastier than I thought.
Even some Japanese dishes such as an velvet egg custard steamed in a
fancy tea cup, were served, which made us really surprised.

We rode a taxi from our hotel to our first destination.
I think the taxi fee in Thailand is very cheap. It took us about 20minutes to
Wat Phra Kaeo by taxi, but it only costs 95 Baht(300円位).
The young driver was very sincere and used the meter , so we didn’t have
any troubles with higher fixed fares.

View of the magnificent chedis in Wat Phra Kaeo, where the holiest Buddhist site
in this country is and houses the revered Emerald Buddha image.

The Royal Grand Palace is a glittering walled complex that houses several
palaces, all highly decorated with tiles and ceramics. Building began in 1782
when Bangkok was founded as the capital of Thailand.

Many ornated stupas and shrine were splendid and sublimed.

Before entering this main shrine, my daughter   slightly touched   on her
head with a lotus bud in water which she copied from other visitors and  
Thai people for good luck.


I’m so sorry that this picture is quite dark. The slight and obscure lightning
at the center part of the picture is the Emerald Buddha.
This Emerald Buddha which is housed in the central shrine is dimunitive
and this shrine was extremely crowded with prayers and visitors, so I was
not able to appreciate it well. It doesn't look like an Emerald but a golden one.


Grand Palace
This palace is very a beautiful place.  It's very clean and welel-kept.This palace is really in beautiful condition.


 This stylish trashcan is utilized in the palace.
 Dusit Maha Prasat Hall(ドゥシット・マハープラサート宮殿)
This building is a traditional architecture way of Thailand. There is a big chair for King inside. There is a big chair for the King inside

 Wat Pho features an enormous reclining Buddha and is famous as home
of the first Thai massage school

We joined my hands in front of the Buddha.

The large back of  Buddha’s foots.

My daughter is getting rid of the hundred and eight kinds worldly desires of human beings by throwing coins into one hundred and eight bowls one by one.

 Today, I saw lots of Buddhist images so I felt as if they purified my soul.
After this place, where do you think we would visit?
The continuation of the travel story will be in my next post.
Have a nice weekend!

Mar 20, 2013

Wow! Thailand is full of exciting things.

I'd like to share my adventure in Thailand.
Our big event of third day was to see the sights in a world heritage AYUTTAYA
 where was the Thai capital for over 400 years until its destruction in 1767.
Ruins of numerous temples and palace buildings cover a vast area.
Transportation from Bangkok to Ayuttaya is not convenient, so we used
guided bus tour . First, we visited Wat Yai Chaimongkhorn(ワット・ヤイ・チャイモンコン).
They said King Naresuan(ナレースワン大王)  built this large pagoda to
celebrate the victory of his single-handed combat on the elephant back in 1592.
What a sublimed stupa it is! 



Next, Wat Mahathat(ワット・マハー・タート)วัดมหาธาตุ พระนครศรีอยุธยา
This is a picture of a very famous Buddha head entwined in tree roots

It is said that this ancient temple which houses the holy relics of Lord Buddha,
was built during the 14th century , but when the Burmese army invaded Ayutthaya,
 the temple was destroyed in 1767 by the Burmese who also vandalised many
of the Buddha images in Ayutthaya by lopping off the heads.
When I was walking around this temple I felt like I had stepped back 1
in time to the 14th century

This is a View of Wt Phra Sri Samphet.


The location of this site is Wt Phra Sri Samphet(ワット・プラシー・サンペット)
 in AYUTTAYA. A Royal palace was here before. This residential palace
 was transformed into a temple in the reign of King Ramathibodi I
Each of the three bell-shaped chedis holds the remains of a king.


A little cute elephant for photo model entwined only my daughter with
its long trunk. But when it was my turn it didn’t do me such action.
It must like young lady better.
We had a fun time on our 10 minute elephant ride.

Bang Pa-in Palace(バーンパイン宮殿) 
It was so hot when we toured this Palace, so we were in a daze there. 





 We saw a lot of Japanese restaurants in some large department stores
in the center poart of Bangkok. Of course we ate Thai dishes during
our stay at this exotic land of everlasting summer though. We don’t like spicy
dishes very much, but I enjoyed non spicy soup with rice noodle several times there. 

I’m sorry to say but coconut juice is not our taste.


I found Japan’s variety store “LOFT” and Japanese s department store

   We were very surprised to see its cut part. To tell the truth, it didn’t look
delicious because of the contrast between it's white pulp and black seeds
at first, but it actually is tasty and has a slight sweetness and softness.

Before we knew it, a day have just ended.

Oh, time flies by very quickly when it has a lot of fun.