Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Queen's Gallery - หอศิลป์สมเด็จพระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์ พระบรมราชินีนาถ

Spotted this as I was crossing the road - it was certainly impressive inside. Here is a description.

"The Queen’s Gallery has been established since August 9, 2003 from the initiation of Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit in order to be a space which displayed the work of Thai artists. The Thai artists which the gallery will focus on exhibiting have been broken down into two categories: The new Thai artists which his/her work has not been known by the society and the work of senior honored artists.
Her Majesty the queen has contributed back the fund which Mr. Chatri Sophonpanich, The committee chairman of Bangkok Bank, and the supporters has consecrate to Her Majesty in an occasion as Her Majesty proceed to offer an award in “Bualuang master painting to be a model for The Foundation of Art and Craft” at the head office of Bangkok bank on June 15, 2001. The money received from HM has been used as a fund to establish The Queen’s Gallery Foundation. Mr. Chatri has renovated Bangkok Bank, Phanfa Bridge branch, which used to be Bangkok Bank’s Musical Art Centre, into a modern art gallery. Her Majesty The Queen, with an honour of the art gallery, as give Her Majesty’s name for the art gallery to be used as ‘’Her Majesty The Queen Sirikit gallery” or commonly called as ‘’The Queen’s Gallery”. There are four floors for displaying art exhibition and the 5th floor could be utilize as activities are in order to integrate the knowledge and publicize the precious Thai works of art to the society." - text from Queen

I managed to get in free with my MUSE card - thank you Richard. It was certainly an impressive lobby - beautiful.

I believe that there was an exhibition of displays under the mourning period of 
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

On going further in I found that there were some quite clever paintings and for a few minutes I was lost...

Then there was a display of paintings and Southern Homes

Even the lifts doors were decorated. 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The colourful trip on the river

Taking the river taxi every day is a wonderful way to get to work and it only costs 19 Baht. The pictures on the side - called 'Street Art' by some - are a wonderful addition - I have spotted two Alex Face.

I see images that I don't expect.

And images which are wonderful.

I do wonder how long it must have taken to paint them though. 

But there are so many I had to put them in a video and only choose the ones that I liked most.

  Previous Posts
 1) April 2017 

Friday, 6 October 2017

Siam Serpentarium

Siam Serpentarium is somewhere my daughter and I visited because my daughter likes snakes. This was a wonderful place for her - there was so many of them.

But I think there were more Chinese Tourists than there were snakes...

This did not help the enjoyment of it. However the staff took care of my daughter in the best way possible and they were very good at ignoring everything around them - wonderful.

The glass floor was great and the information given by the staff was also great. 

We would not return however - the uncontrollable behaviour of the Chinese Tourists was unacceptable - banging on the glass cases to make the snake move and shouting to each other was not. I was interested to know why the Tour Leader (carrying flags on sticks did nothing).

The place was certainly a place to visit but I would not go without knowing how busy they were - I sent an email indicating my displeasure at this mismanagement but have not yer received a reply - over one month ago.

This place has a lot of potential - we wish them luck.

And we took a snake home...


Wat Kaeo Manee Si Mahathat - วัดมณีศรีมหาธาตุ

Wat Kaeo Manee Si Mahathat is somewhere that we visited because it was on the way somewhere. This was another stop on the way...

Wat Kaeo Manee Si Mahathat is a spectacular example of a Buddhist Temple, grounds and everything else about visiting them.

This visit meant that I had a little time to take more photographs and this meant that I took a plethora of photographs - so I made a video of them all.

Some of the details were beautiful.

Then there were the decorations of the wall around the Wat.

Then I was stumped when I was unable to take any more photographs of some of the temples - so I did not enter. 

Still a wonderful example of a temple visit though on writing this I read that Jamie also visited วัดมณีศรีมหาธาตุ and took some wonderful photographs.

Previous Visits:
 1) May 2012 

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Taking a bus in Bangkok?

A bus is also another way to get around bus - and wow it was great - but I did have a Thai colleague with me who knew which bus I was supposed to be on.

So I had a look - and I decided that it was best to really prepare yourself with a map of all the routes... I found a list on Wikipedia.

Then I looked for a map of these routes and I found them here and there are a lot of routes. So I would not hop on and off the buses but take them from A to B.  But wonderful to get to the Immigration Office from the Victory Monument. So a little bit of organisation and all will be well.

There are air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses and the A/C is sometimes freezing and the non A/C is very hot - do not sit next to the window for the sun - but there is a breeze.

Unless you get the bus with no air-conditioned it is raining - that was not easy!!!

Not sure how the costing works BUT you must have change - more than 50 or 100 Baht is not something to do - loose change is great.

Transit Bangkok is a wonderful site to help you do this;
Bangkok Buses 
Bangkok Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT)  
Sky Train (BTS)
Chayo Phraya Express (Boats)
Khlong Boats  

With all this why are there so many taxis, motorbikes and Baht buses...

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Wat Suwan Khuha - วัดสุวรรณคูหา

Wat Suwan Khuha - วัดสุวรรณคูหา - (Cave Temple) was a place we visited on the way to somewhere else. I do enjoy it when Google maps works...

The first thing that we noticed was the monkeys (as Jamie also did) and I have to say that it looked like fun but I did not encourage my daughter to tease of feed the monkeys - they are wild animals.

So beware of your food - the money will be bold enough to come up to you and take what is in your hand. Around the cave there were a number of street sellers selling some food and a bag of nuts would cost you 20Baht.

Then there was the standard Wat adjacent to where we parked.

Then we came to the cave entrance - tucked away - and we paid 20 Baht to enter.

And we were taken to another world - peaceful...

In the cave there is a Reclining Buddha which you are able to pay respects to.

Then we found a strange wall...

We continued further into the cave and it was open at the other end - and this figure was there on the rock - I know nothing about this figures - but then we were surprised with the screeching of more monkeys...

We continued into the cave an it was not well lit and unexpectedly peaceful...