March 31, 2007
After coming back from Pattaya, we met Guy and his friend, (whose name escapes me) and they guided us on the Mekong River, to see the Royal Barges Museum, Wat Arun (the Temple of the Dawn) and lastly Wat Pho (the Reclining Buddha).
After 30 minutes riding upstream on the Mekong we arrived at the Royal Barges Museum. Displayed is just eight of the over 50 barges that make up the formal processions. We got off our long-tailed boat and after paying the admission fee we wandered around the barges for a good half hour. It was somewhat interesting.
Guy then took us to Wat Arun on the far side of the Mekong. This temple has one main tower, called a Prang, with four smaller towers in a square formation.
The temple is highly decorative it has used glazed ceramics and porcelain. It is unreal the number of tiles used to cover the towers. There is also a scale model of Ankor Wat too.
Last on today’s agenda was the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho). At 46 metres in length and 15 metres high the Buddha is the largest in Bangkok and illustrates the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. There is a constant sound of coins clanging into the monk alms bowels around the perimeter of the temple.
For 20 Baht you receive a small cup of coins. You follow the queue depositing the coins into the bowls, all for luck.