THAILAND

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Bangkok (cont.)

Golden Buddha

The Golden Buddha is in fact, a statue made of pure gold.  We were told that it was originally located in a town outside of Bangkok and during one of the invasions by Burma in the early part of the last century, the Buddha was covered in plaster to prevent its value from being discovered.  Over time it appears that everyone forgot that it was pure gold under the plaster.  During restoration work the statue was moved and part of the plaster was damaged and fell off.  When its value was discovered it was moved to a temple in Bangkok and is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year. 
One of the charming things about travelling the canals is the multitude of small boats  which are used by the residents as general transport and also to transport produce and other goods to markets.

 

Many people living on the canals use boats as transport.

 

Temple honouring Thai King who was the subject of the movie "The King and I". This particular temple is one of those built in honour of the King of Thailand who was made famous in the world outside Thailand by the movie "The King and I".
Every market in Bangkok sells an enormous amount of fresh produce to the locals.  We discovered some very luscious fruits as well as some previously unknown to us, vegetables.   Everywhere there is the delicious aroma of Thai cooking and its possible to buy a very tasty meal for as little as $2 or $3 dollars (Australian).

 

Bangkok market scene