A Wat To Remember

Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok

The Wat Phra Kaew complex in Bangkok was so full of colour and shiny things that it was often difficult to know where to look. Whilst it was a feast for the eyes, I really struggled to get any good shots around the grounds.

There was so much going on in every direction it was hard to find a composition that didn’t feel confused or messy. So when I looked up and saw all of these nice lines in parallel I was pleasantly surprised.

Travelling around Thailand there are so many temples that it can be easy to dismiss them after a while – a phenomenon I’ve decided to call “temple tired”. However, I can’t say I suffered from this affliction.

Without exception I found each Buddhist temple we visited to be a peaceful, inspiring place. I can certainly see why people find a spiritual connection in them.

Have you visited any Buddhist temples? How did you find the experience? Maybe you got temple tired?! I’d love to hear from you.

13 thoughts on “A Wat To Remember

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Jude. Haha, I love ‘zebra shrug’ too. It conjures a fantastic mental image! I’ve never been on safari but can absolutely imagine the feeling.

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    1. Ben Post author

      I thought that travellers in Europe might also feel the same way about all of the cathedrals and churches you find. That’s great you managed to push though it and make the effort though. It’s always nice to spend a few moments alone in peace with your thoughts!

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  1. Jess Carey

    Isn’t it an amazing complex?! I’ve visited it twice now and would happily go back again! It’s too fascinating and dynamic to get bored with! So glad to hear you loved it too!

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    1. Ben Post author

      It really is, I’d love to go back and see it a second time! I really enjoyed all of the temples we visited, although I think my favourite was Wat Pho, It was far less crowded and just felt a bit more relaxing.

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  2. Kan

    Since I just got back from BKK, your Wat Phra Kaew pic on 500px got me here 🙂 You’ve got a great composition in this pic. I too struggled with getting decent photos in the temples… but wasn’t successful like you. Hahaha I love the term “temple tired”. I visited only Wat Pho. It was beautiful and peaceful. However, I got tired of taxi drivers and boatmen trying to dupe me… and decided I had had enough of “sight seeing”. So the next day was all about relaxing in our hotel, massages and nice meals 🙂 The food there is soooo amazing!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Sounds like the next day was very nice 🙂 I didn’t have many problems with touts or taxi drivers at all, I was really surprised given all the negative things I had read about the city in that respect. Really didn’t experience any problems, I guess I was just lucky!

      I really enjoyed Wat Pho, it wasn’t very busy when I visited and felt so spiritual. A very beautiful place for sure! And of course the food is great, I love the city. What’s your take on Bangkok as a place to visit? It seems to divide opinion!

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      1. Kan

        That was lucky for sure. I’m glad you had a good experience.
        Quite honestly I’m not a fan of BKK as a place to visit. This was my second trip there, though I’ve been to other places (esp. Phuket) multiple times. I guess that’s because being from a developing Asian country myself, the interest or “charm” factor is low for me – I’ve seen the grand temples, the juxtaposition of the modern and the traditional, the chaotic streets, the extreme opulence surrounded by abject poverty, etc., back at home. I’m sure the experience could be interesting for others. For me the attraction is the food for sure. In the past, I would have also said shopping… but not anymore 🙂

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        1. Ben Post author

          Yeah, I can see that. For me it was a completely new experience in every way you could possibly think of which certainly adds to the sense of adventure and excitement. If I was living in a similar environment I suspect it would not be so interesting. I have a similar feeling to you when I travel to European cities. Can’t disagree with you on the food though, so many great flavours!

    1. Ben Post author

      I have considered it, but I was reading an article which suggested it can lead to a negative experience for readers. The main example being If they search for something but can’t find anything on the blog. They may associate those feelings of disappointment with your website. It’s all a bit high level though, maybe I should just bite the bullet and add the widget!

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      1. Kan

        May be useful as the archives get thicker (though your menu is very well organized)… but that’s just my opinion 🙂

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