#WRULou: The Wat and Where, Bangkok
When you don’t really know where to go, you just go where your feet takes you. And it took us to see the Wats.
After a few Magic-8-ball moments with our maps: Do we turn left? Yes. Right? My sources say no. Straight? Most likely. Why is there an intersection? Concentrate and ask again. First off the temple running madness is the Wat Thepthidaram. Everything is mostly white and gold. Except for the roofs. The roofs are tiled and colorful! It’s very quiet, aside from the car noise you hear from the streets, and there were hardly anyone else inside the temple grounds. But every now and then though, you see a monk walking and we just nod to say hi or show respect. At first I wasn’t even sure if it were open to the public because no other tourist was there, but no one also asked us to leave sooo.
And this has got to be my favorite thing about their architecture: you look at it from afar, and everything’s so simple. Sure, the shapes are complicated, but there’s always symmetry and all the colors are solid. But up close, everything is so detailed: the ceilings are tiled with designs, the windows are carved with stories, bordered with golden flowers, and the doors have patterns that must have took ages to finish. Each one is a work of art.
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Admiring the sun at Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara. Here, we had company– a group of elementary school students who probably just finished classes and are playing around the temple. Feels good to see kids still playing outside and not hooked up on their gadgets.
Medieval castle vibes. O. M. G. I felt like I was taken to a Hollywood movie set. I just needed a costume and a katana and I could be protector or something of the castle. Then we saw monks again. And I was actually picturing scenes like what if the monks have superpowers they secretly hide and this is their sacred training place. Because the place was huge! You could send things flying here. And practice spells and sht. But I have to remember that this is a place of worship so no violence whatsoever. But it feels so legit. They do look like Aang and that says a lot.
We walked a whole lot more and the sun was starting to set, locals were going home from work, and the roads were filled with cars. On the left on the photo above is the Democracy Monument and on the right is the Mahakan Fortress which we just passed by while walking.
Having more time to spare, we just followed the map to Khao San Road, a famous road for food and street shopping. And we spent the rest of the day here until it became dark. I pictured it to be endlessly long like Singapore or Hong Kong’s street markets, but it was just very short. Nonetheless, it has enough hidden in its sleeves. And there’s two Mcdonalds on the same street lol!
People walk with beers in their hands in the daylight. Restaurants serve outside and some even have interesting ambiances. By night time, the street is filled with foreigners and you have to walk to and from and haggle from stores to get the best deals because most of them sell the same things anyway.
But what I loved most is this. If you don’t like this coconut ice cream, then I don’t like you. Jk. But really, I swear this would make you want to go back to Bangkok badly. And it was just 40 Baht! Actually, Thai food is really cheap. Bottled water price from 7-11 costs half than ours. Next time, I’m coming back after a long diet and I would spend one whole day eating, from one stand and resto to another, until I can’t eat anymore.
This was on the next day but I’m placing it here. We went on a side trip to see Siam Paragon, and the rest of the Siam Center / shopping area; and I was just so amused with the elephant display. The Elephant Parade exhibit was there with elephant statues designed by different artists and personas. Life size baby elephants! And they were actually for sale! Proceeds are to be used for Asian elephant conservation which I find very very cute. Because elephants are cute. And I like elephants.
Coming up is a photo diary on The Grand Palace, the highlight of our Bangkok trip.
Disclaimer: I’m not Buddhist and I’m sorry if I disrespected your religion in any way through this post. You may inform me through the comments below on anything that must be removed or changed and I will gladly edit it. This is solely a personal review and mean no offense whatsoever. (Also, some photos from this entry were taken by MNPMendoza.)