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  • Seagull
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    Lady C's Thailand

    The promised new thread from Seagull starts here!

    Not trip reports, but all sorts of bits and pieces and hopefully regular posting of my images past and furure to please our Captain, to whom the thread is naturally dedicated.

    For the next few days while we are still surrounded by festive decorations, I'm going to feature those outside Central World shopping mall in Bangkok.



  • pakarang
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    Absolutely wonderful images of something that is no more.

    Within time, the value of such great images will only increase for their historical value. What you saw and experienced there, was something truly historic.

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    There are 8 standing and as many as 32 kneeling devas - celestial beings - decorating the higher levels of the crematorium.






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    There are creatures combining parts of various animals, often representing different elements, as in this part elephant part fish. I think it is a Kunchorn Waree, as it appeared to have only the front legs of an elephant (whereas a Waree Kunchorn has the whole body of an elephant with fish parts attached).

    If you have visited Thai temples there are many mythical creatures here that may be familiar, for example the half man half bird Garuda, the half woman half swan Kinnaree and its male equivalent, lions, and Naga serpent. The more one learns of the mythology and traditions the greater the appreciation of the art.











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    Bordering the Anodat pond are artificial rocks amongst which nestles real foliage, and from which occasional bursts of misty spray recreate the humid forest.

    As you might expect, elephants figure prominently, whether as a sacred White Elephant or depicted with other auspicious animals in colourful sculptures.





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    Pakarang, I enjoy those kinds of rainy days too, but I don't think such days are past. However already-apparent changes in climate could increasingly bring typhoons, heavier rain and flooding, as well as the other extreme of dry periods and droughts to Southeast Asia. In Thailand, I hope the legacy of the late king will continue to foster the bigger picture, and counterbalance any drift to rushed ill-thought-out decisions and short-term solutions.

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    That feeling about the water seemed to me to be such an appropriate introduction to the Royal Crematorium - Phra Meru Mas - itself. Here a model in one of the exhibitions and you can see that the tiered structure representing Mount Meru (Sumeru) has a pond at its base. The Anodat Pond is a mystical pond of the Himmapan forest, a border separating Heaven and Earth.









    Here is a corner of the representation of the Himmapan, and next will follow a selection of more detailed images.

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    Earlier I had noticed a couple of photographers taking reflections in the small water lily pond at the corner of the main exhibition hall, though when I tried to emulate them it proved difficult to be unobtrusive and compose an image there amongst such crowds of people.






    But after the heavy rain the reflections I loved the most were those in the wet pavements between the pavilions - a feeling of floating and another dimension.


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    After the rain, I loved the light and the dramatic skies.



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  • pakarang
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    Oh, what a wonderful and welcome return to images from my beloved country.

    Quite sad to hear about the current pollution issues over there.

    I have always loved the rainy days, the monsoon and rainy season, in Thailand.... everything feels so much fresher and the air is clearer. Perhaps those days are something of the past?

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    People patiently queued to enter the major exhibition "The King in Everlasting Memory".. (This is additional to the paintings of royal projects I posted earlier, which were housed in one of the smaller pavilions.)





    Later while I was viewing the exhibition, the skies darkened and it began to rain quite heavily, sending people scurrying for shelter or lingering in the pavilions and exhibition. This rather compromised the throughput of visitors, and looking around I realised that I was now surrounded by people wearing different coloured badges to those issued at the time I had arrived. An older official, perhaps noticing this or simply respectful of a white-haired lady and keen to practice his English, kindly assured me that I needn't hurry, and moreover would indeed be welcome to return. And that is what I did a couple of days later, and my images here are a mixture from both days.
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  • Seagull
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    There were hardly any foreigners waiting to enter Sanam Luang to visit the Royal Crematorium and exhibitions that day - no apparent separate entrance, and I had even been handed a leaflet in Thai language. Perhaps my appropriate dress and familiarity with the arrangements - similar to those in 2016 for mourners waiting to pay respects before the funeral urn at the Grand Palace - contributed to my feeling of togetherness with the Thai people.



    Outside the covered waiting area, you can glimpse large numbers of school children that had been admitted earlier, and there were many and various smaller groups also.









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  • Seagull
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    Continuing these posts of images from November 2017.
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    Last edited by Seagull; January 29th, 2019, 21:39.

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  • Seagull
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    Right on cue, I just came across this link from Richard Barrow:-
    http://www.thaitravelblogs.com/2018/...-january-2019/

  • pakarang
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    As I would have said in Thai.... "SATU".... meaning "Amen".

    I have actually been to Pasak Jolasid Dam way back in history... I don't remember what it looked like without finding the photos I took there (if any).

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