If you have been following us for a little while, you have probably realized that I am a sucker for white, gold and all things bright. So you can imagine how I felt coming back to the main temple of Thailand and spiritual core of Thai Buddhism, Wat Phra Kaew (temple of Emerald Buddha) gleams and glitters with so much glory that I was not sure whether I was dreaming or about to faint. Pity Enrique was not here to shoot some wide angle glory out of such grandeur, but I think I managed to get pretty decent shots for you to get a feeling of what awaits there. As explained in our Bangkok Weekend guide, there's no problem coming in there dressed with anything sleeveless or short, it will just add some waiting time (at the borrowing clothes queue) and require 200 BAHT deposit, which you will get back upon returning the clothes.
Kinarees are half-sawm half-women creatures from Hindu-Buddhist mythology, that stand around Prasat Phra Thep Bidon hall.
All this magic is there, just to surround the "photograph-not-allowed" Emerald Buddha. A statue of 66cm carved from nephrite (a type of jade) that sits inside the main building that, as you can see in the last image, is incredibly high.
The walls surrounding the many temples are all covered with the murals of the Ramakian (i..e Thai version of the Indian Ramayana epic). This is a huge wall, completely covered by one mural after the other, telling the very long story of Rama and Sita, how he rescued her from the evil king (Ravana) with the help of monkey king (Hanuman).
Final complex of our visit, the former Royal Residence. Mixing Western and Thai architecture, it is so ridiculously huge that there was no human way to fit it in a decent shot. So I hope you get a feeling of Wat Phra Kaew magnitude, with this photographic tour.