Monday, July 23, 2007

The Suvarnbhumi Airport -Bangkok

Do these pictures look familiar ? . These are pictures taken from the departure terminal of the Suvarnabhumi International Airport Bangkok . For my international readers , these pictures depict the mythological tug-of war (Samudra Manthan-or the Great Churn ) between the Devas (gods) and the Asura's (demon's) . It was really heartening to see Thailand take great pains to protect their Hindu roots where a Hindu majority country like India has forgotten its culture ???

Amazing thailand -5 -Other Gorgeous Structures of the Palace Compound

Amazing Thailand -4 -The Upper Terrace

In the palace complex are four main monuments a reliquary in the shape of the golden chedi ;the Mondop , a repository for Buddhist sacred scriptures inscribed of palm leaves , contained within a beautiful mother of pearl inlaid cabinet . Scattered around the terrace are statues of elephants and mythical beings

Amazing Thailand - 3-The Royal Monastery of the Emerald Buddha

The Royal Monastery of the Emerald Buddha is situated at the north of the royal residence , it si one of the most venerated sites in Thailand . The Emerald Buddha is enshirned on a golden traditional Thai-style throne made of gilded carved wood knows as a Busabok , in the ordination hall of the royal monastery . The Emerald Buddha is carved from a block of green jade and was first discoverd in 1434 in a stupa in Chang Rai .

Amazing thailand -2 -The Palace Gaurds

May not be as well known as their peers in Buckingham Palace , but our boys are smart enough , had the pleasure of witnessing a change of the Palace Gaurds

Amazing Thailand 1 -The Grand Palace

The last day of a recently concluded conference in Bangkok proved to be a very meaningful time in the Grand Palace complex . Accompanied by two like minded colleagues , I had an opportunity to explore the Grand Palace complex at Bangkok .

The Grand palace complex was established in 1782 and it houses the royal residence and throne halls . In addition to that it also houses a number of government offices an well as the renowned temple of the Emerald Buddha . The palace was build after the ascension of King Rama I . The palace complex is amazingly well maintained and the current ruler King Rama IX (Bhumibol Adulyadej) seems to take great interest in preserving this national heritage