The Marble Temple
             and Wat Pho
Bangkok, Thailand
Days could be spent in Bangkok going from one Buddhist
Temple to another.  The Marble Temple, about a century old,
is an example of relatively modern Buddhist architecture.
It's quite striking, with the red tiered roofs sitting
upon the white marble foundation.  King Rama V
created this temple and his ashes lie here.
Inside the Marble Temple is an outstanding gold Buddha.
Wat Pho, and I am trying to give the impression of size here
with this huge Buddha head.  A "wat" is a seminary for
training Buddhist monks or nuns.  Wat Pho contains the
most gigantic reclining Buddha statue in Thailand, and is
also the oldest Wat, going back to the 16th century.
A full size picture at Wat Pho shows all of the statue,
including Buddha's toes on the right.  The woman  was
my guide and she helped make this visit to Thailand a
great photographic success.  Next stop: Cambodia.
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