Bangkok, December 27

December 27, 2012. Our first day in Bangkok. We slept well after 20 hours of flying and getting to our hotel about 1 AM. We awoke refreshed and not tired, which was good because we had a busy day of sightseeing, featuring four of Bangkok's most picturesque sites: three temples and a palace.

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Wat Traimit is probably most famous for the Golden Buddha: three meters high, five tons of pure gold.

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Seeking the monk's advice.

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A dance competition among schools, one of several we saw during the day.

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The Grand Palace is perhaps the most over-the-top decorated place we've ever seen, with palaces, spires, halls, and temples in profusion. Below are three more examples:

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Wat Pho is another temple complex, famous for its huge reclining Buddha.

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Worshipers at the base of the reclining Buddha.

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The Thai were not clear what Western people looked like, so they focused on the hats.

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Perpetual ongoing maintenance of the thousands of Buddha statues.

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Wat Benchamabophit is a relatively modern Thai temple, made of white Carrara marble and intended to mimic western cathedrals. The stained glass is an interesting variation

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and the interior looks both similar and different.

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Nevertheless, the stone lion

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and the red and gold tile roofs show clearly that this is a splendid Eastern temple.

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