Swanica explores Japan

Sunday, May 13, 2007

On our way back to Japan, we made a stopover in Thailand.

It is unbelievable what a human can make!
Here is just a tiny small example of what we saw. It is all so beautiful and so intricately made.
The colored pieces are almost all ceramic used as tiles and little pieces of ceramics for flowers. They use crystals and mirrors/glass in their mosaics and when the sun shines on it, it blinds your eyes. Very tricky!

This is the Grand Royal Palace in Bangkok.
Click on the picture for enlargement. Garuda birds are sitting on the top and corners of the roof.

Those are pagodas completely covered with ceramics tiles and ceramic little pieces to make a mozaic.

This is the roof top of the Marble temple "Wat Benchamabophit": nice ceramic roof tiles.
On the top and corners of the roof you see the Garuda bird. In the Buddhist mythology, the Garudas are enormous predatory birds with intelligence and social organization. They combine the characteristics of animals and divine beings.

Roof decoration with little Buddhas.

The reclining Buddha in the "Wat Po" temple. He is 30 meters long and all the walls in this temple are completely painted with all stories and scenes from their mythology. It is amazing!

Like this painting. But this one is in the Grand Royal Palace and is being renovated with gold paint and is on the surrounding wall off the palace and may be is a mile long. And all with those paintings 2 meters high.

This is a small Buddha in one of the temples I visited with a beautiful ceramic porcelain vase next to it with Lotus flowers.

Another beautiful porcelain vase.

In one of the temples a beautiful pot with waterlilies in it and a big dragon on it.


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