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We continue our exploration of Wat Yai Chai Mongkol
here. And we remain near the large pagoda. You can (easily) climb it by
the stairs, and the two pictures above show two of the many splendid
sights from there. Take your time when you are on top, because there is
much more to see that these two pictures can show you!
Around this pagoda numerous Buddha Images were built, as can be clearly seen from these two pictures. On the background of the right hand side picture you can see a more modern Temple that also is on these Temple grounds. Below we will take a look inside.
Here is the Buddha Image that is inside the more modern Temple on the grounds of Wat Yai Chai Mongkol. It is in the same style as the Buddha Image in Phitsanuloke, that can be seen on one of the "absolute beginners' pages" on this site, and like the Buddha Image in the "Marble Temple" in Bangkok, that can be seen on the pages about Temples in Bangkok on this site. Choose these pages from the menu at the top, after you have finished this page!
Almost every tour to Ayutthaya will also bring you to Bang
Pa In, with its Summer Palace, built by King Rama V. I must
say that the place now (2000) is over-commercialized and therefore far
less attractive than a few years ago. Nevertheless, if you are there
anyway, see what they let you see (which also is considerably less than
some years ago).
The left hand side picture shows the main building of the Palace (no entrance!) The right hand side picture shows the pavilion in the pond, of which a smaller copy can be found near the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
Not shown is a memorial to one of the wives and two children of King Rama V. The Queen drowned, because she could not swim and it was strictly forbidden by anybody but the King to touch the Queen. Otherwise she easily could have been saved! If somebody would have tried to save the queen, it certainly would have cost him his life.
Also not shown is a Chinese-style pagoda.
My main problem with Bang Pa In is that the relatively high entrance fee only gives you some outside views of most buildings.
The garden is free accessible, however, and it is a garden to be enjoyed. The pictures here show you some fine elephant-shaped tree-cutting and some of the magnificent bougainvilleas, that -by the way- can be seen on many places in Thailand.
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