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Guardians at the Gate of the Royal Chedis | Wat Po | Bangkok | by I Prahin | www.southeastasia-images.com
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Guardians at the Gate of the Royal Chedis | Wat Po | Bangkok

Just behind the opulent extravagance of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha stands Wat Phra Chetuphon, which is more commonly known by its old name of Wat Po. Most western tourists don't get past the temple's huge reclining Buddha, but there is actually much more to see than the one colossal statue.

 

Next to the Reclining Buddha wiharn is an enclosure holding the four largest of the temple's 95 chedis. All of the chedi at Wat Po are square, rather than the round bell shape generally preferred at the time. They are decorated with ceramic tiles and three dimensional ceramic pieces which form intricate floral patterns.

 

I am embarrassed that this one of the only images I have in my stream from this popular location. Have to load some more soon! This would be perfect if there was a monk walking through the doorway....

 

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Taken on January 8, 2011