瓦因和漢寺 Wat Intharawihan is the first temple K and I visited in SE Asia. It is within walking distance from the Phranakorn-Nornlen Bed & Breakfast hotel where we were staying. From the hotel's rooftop, we could see the 32-metre golden statue of Buddha protruding into the Bangkok sky.
As we walked closer and closer, the statue became bigger and bigger .....
.... until we were right at the bottom, standing next to its big toes and looking up, way up !!!
According to www.bangkok.com and Wikipedia:
"... A soaring 32-metre high, 10-metre wide standing Buddha, referred to as the Luangpor Toh, Luang Pho To, or Phrasiariyametri, is what defines Wat Intharawihan, which borders Wisut Kasat road at the northern edge of Banglamphu. Building of this brick and stucco statue began in 1867 during the reign of King Rama IV. Decorated in glass mosaics and 24-carat gold, the statue took over 60 years to complete and is the tallest of its kind in the world. The topknot of the Buddha image contains a relic of Lord Buddha brought from Sri Lanka ..."
* All the above photos were taken by myself on Jan 10, 2011 around 10 am local time.
.... to be continued