Friday, 15 December 2017

Bang Rak Chinese Shrine - ศาลเจ้าเจียวเองเบี้ยว



Bang Rak Chinese Shrine - ศาลเจ้าเจียวเองเบี้ยว  is somewhere that I came across when I as traveling to the Chao Phyra River.



As I was getting off the MRT I noticed that there was a Chinese Shrine in the heart of Bangkok. I slowly walked in - it was certainly a traditional Chinese Shrine as there were people at a table outside reading what I think were Chinese Newspapers.



The courtyard was large and the temple inside looked very dark - stepping in very carefully over the threshold I entered inside - it was peaceful inside.



The sun came into the Shrine in some places and created some beautiful effects - and then people came into the shrine to make a blessing and I had to stop.



The widow looked wonderful.



A wonderful Chinese shrine to visit...






Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Sunthorn Phu, Kho Samet and Rayong



There was a Thai poet called Sunthorn Phu (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunthorn_Phu) - often referred to as the ‘Shakespeare of Siam’ and he lived a life as captivating and fantastical as the stories he wrote. 

In Koh Samet there are statues of a flute-playing prince, a mermaid and a female giant (http://www.thaizer.com/tourist-attractions/why-are-there-statues-of-giants-mermaids-and-pipers-on-ko-samet/) and are all characters in the famous Thai poem Phra Aphai Mani - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phra_Aphai_Mani



But here is another state dedicated to the poet but I can find no more than this?  Gossip is that this is dedicated to one of his 'other women'? I stayed at the Kantary Bay Rayong to see this.


A tale full of battles, betrayals and magical transformations….

Here is the complete tale - http://sakchaip.tripod.com/bookworm/sunthorn/abhai_a.html


 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Sammakorn / ตลาดนัดสัมมากร Market


Sammakorn Weekend Market is certainly a market with so many things to find - certainly very busy with all the local people from around.


It is a traditional market in the middle at the front and at the back of the market there is a plethora of food to buy. We normally split up but we always miss something. Sammakorn Market is small enough for you to walk up and down each row in a zig zag pattern - a wonderful trick.



Today I was focused on looking at the small things and there was a fascinating number of them - we thought that the Halloween toys were a nice touch.


But all these toy copies are  great - a lot cheaper...


Sometimes the clothes are not copies but simply cheap.



Torn jeans are in fashion again...



Tempted by some bits for the kitchen...


Boxes and bags for some people.


Then there are the belts - are they crocodile skin?


And of course lots of food...

Previous Visit
 1) May 2017


  







Sunday, 3 December 2017

Chatuchak Weekend Market


Chatuchak Weekend Market is somewhere that you must visit if you visit Bangkok.



- the world's largest market
- 15,000 stalls
- more then 200,000 visitors a week
- been running for over 70 years

Here's a pdf map - http://www.chatuchakmarket.org/files/download-market-map-new.pdf



  Here's more information on Facebook.
And on Twitter.
And Instagram.



How to get therePrevious Visit - 2016









Monday, 27 November 2017

Phra Indra Shrine

  

Eat, pray and shop are the buzz words for #Ratchaprasong - there is so much many places to do all of this along this road - follow them on #Facebook for promotions - https://www.facebook.com/HeartOfBangkok

There are eight sacred shrines here that connect
modern Bangkok to ancient Hindu gods and goddesses - http://bkkdowntown.com/pray/.

The God of Goodwill in front of Amarin Plaza - http://www.amarinplaza.com - is the bringer of daylight, the force that makes water flow and the champion of the earth, wind and sea.

 


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Wat Bumpen Nua - วัดบำเพ็ญเหนือ


Wat Bumpen Nua is near the river running into Bangkok in the river is the Kwam-Riam Floating Market and the market adjacent to this.


The Wat is in an absolutely wonderful location with so much happening around it but this means that you need to keep your camera ready and be prepared to stay here longer than you anticipated.



People are here to enjoy the river on the weekend - the river was not a 'working one' so there were no river taxi there.




There were also people there to make offerings. 





But the inside was very quiet.


I had a sudden vision of somewhere in London that has these two monuments of children reading - not what I usually see outside a Temple.




More like this?




After working in Bangkok I have been asked to share on Social Media the work of the Thai Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA) - and I would raise the question of the ethical treatment of animals around Wats - for people to release such as the bags above.





Friday, 17 November 2017

Roadside Shrines


Scattered all over Bangkok are the shrines that people have made and they really are special. These are different from the shrines which are being deposited - Spirit House Graveyards.



This particular shrine is next to a bus stop where I live and it is looked after very well - every day.



There is always something more here.





Something very special about these places.



Thank you to the unnamed people who look after them all...