Temples & Dragons

I could never finish our Thailand chapter without mention of the many, many Buddhist temples. Dragons are another common feature in Buddhist culture. It is said when Buddha summoned all the world’s animals, after the long journey only a dozen made it and the dragon was one. They appear often in the architecture and throughout the temples and are a symbol of wisdom, longevity and supernatural power.

The amazing thing is these temples and Buddha statues are huge, elaborate and beautiful, many covered in gold, but somehow all the sidewalks are a wreck and the electrical wiring -OMG! -a rats’ nest. The sidewalks are cracked and crumbling with chunks missing and all buss-up as we say in Hawaii. You have to seriously watch your every step wherever you go or you’ll end up on your keester. This I know from experience!

Check out this electrical wiring & these sidewalks.

 

Note the size of the statue compared to the doors at the side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful temples, statues and art work versus the busted up sidewalks and seemingly unconventional electrical work is quite a paradox, but nobody seems to bat an eye over it and we enjoyed all of it!

Aloha, Mikie 

~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

 

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