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29/01/2009

Wat Phra Kaew (วัดพระแก้ว), Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok


This photo was taken in Bangkok, Thailand, and represents Garudas outside of the main building of the central ubosoth, which houses the Emerald Buddha in the Wat Phra Kaewk. Wat Phra Kaewk (or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, วัดพระแก้ว; full official name Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram, วัดพระศรีรัตนศาสดาราม) is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. It is located in the historic center of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace.
Garuda (गरुड) is a large mythical bird or bird-like creature that appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology.
Thailand uses the garuda (ครุฑ) as its national symbol (like in Indonesia). One form of the garuda used in Thailand as a sign of the royal family is called Krut Pha, meaning "garuda acting as the vehicle (of Vishnu)."

2 comments:

roentarre said...

The thai art here is stunning. I really like the leading line composition in the first shot

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