Temple Hopping

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I went to Bangkok with three of my blockmates for five days. I’m so glad I have found like-minded people to explore the world with! We traveled to Hong Kong with a bigger group last year for fashion week and this trip was our second out-of-the-country trip together.

Me and my blockmate Pat, have been to Thailand before. We suggested Thailand because it’s a very photogenic country for a lot of reasons – the people are beautiful, friendly, and always smiling, the scenery is exotic, and the culture, food, and art are fascinating!

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Our first stop was Wat Traimit. ‘Wat’ means temple. It is a word you will often see around Thailand. For foreigners, there is a 40-baht fee to see the massive Buddha image inside.

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Beautiful bouquet of flowers for the current monarch of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)

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Before entering a Thai temple, shoes should be taken off as a sign of respect.

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I was amazed by the huge bell outside the temple! Its size and detail are marvelous.

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Wat Traimit is home to the world’s largest solid gold statue, a nearly 10-foot-high seated Buddha. Our tour guide said that it’s made of pure gold, probably worth millions of dollars at today’s gold prices! WHOAAA.

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Devotees visit this temple (like any other temple) to light incense sticks, offer flowers and their prayers to their Buddha.

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After visiting Wat Traimit, our tour guide brought us to Wat Intharawihan, also known as The Standing Buddha. Can you believe this giant Buddha stands 32 meters tall and is 11 meters wide?

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There is so much to admire about Thai people, including being both religious and spiritual.

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Temples offer a rich texture of sounds, smells and new experiences. When I go back, I’ll make sure to visit the other temples in Thailand.

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