“The Buddha is not for decoration”

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Entering the Emerald Buddha Temple Complex
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Phra Siratana Chedi
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Details in the Emerald Buddha Temple Complex
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The Grand Palace complex is so large, this sign shows how to navigate the complex
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Details in the Emerald Buddha Temple Complex

As I mentioned previously, most Thais are Buddhist. Buddhist sites are treated with great respect throughout the country, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is one of the most revered temples. It is part of a large complex on the grounds of the Grand Palace, and the pictures in this post show some of those structures. There is also a large push to encourage tourists to demonstrate the proper respect for the Buddha, both at the temples themselves and in not purchasing souvenir Buddha images, which is the purpose of the signs from which I took today’s title quote.

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Signs throughout Emerald Buddha Temple Complex
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Phra Siratana Chedi
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Phra Siratana Chedi
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Detail of Phra Siratana Chedi
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The Royal Pantheon or Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn

When ST and I were at the Grand Palace, it was not surprising the site was extremely crowded as it is the main tourist site in Bangkok, if not all of Thailand. There were people everywhere. But the crowds did not detract from the elaborately beautiful buildings and art in the Emerald Temple complex: chedis of immense height; mythological creatures in all their decorative glory; spectacularly detailed temples adorned with shining, bright colors; imposing guardians looming over the sea of people, fulfilling their age-old observational duties. And this was all before we went in to see the Emerald Buddha. Check back tomorrow for details of the Emerald Buddha Temple itself.

Title quote: Signs all over the Emerald Buddha temple complex

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The Royal Pantheon or Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn
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Painting in the Cloisters
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Painting in the Cloisters
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Hor Phra Monthian Dharma
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Detail on The Royal Pantheon or Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn
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Detail on The Royal Pantheon or Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn
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Detail on The Royal Pantheon or Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn
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Details in the Emerald Buddha Temple Complex
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At the Emerald Buddha Temple Complex
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Details in the Emerald Buddha Temple Complex
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Hor Phra Naga
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Details in the Emerald Buddha Temple Complex
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Details in the Emerald Buddha Temple Complex
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Details in the Emerald Buddha Temple Complex
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Signs in the Emerald Buddha Temple Complex
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Phra Siratana Chedi & Phra Mondop
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Details in the Emerald Buddha Temple Complex
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Details in the Emerald Buddha Temple Complex
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Details in the Emerald Buddha Temple Complex
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Angkor Wat model
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Phra Siratana Chedi and carving

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