One in a series of pictures taken in the Wat Pho temple complex in Bangkok during a holiday in Thailand.
Some information taken from a longer article in Wikipedea:
Wat Pho is a Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand. It is located in the Rattanakosin district directly adjacent to the Grand Palace. Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, its official name is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan.
It is named after a monastery in India where Buddha is believed to have lived. Prior to the temple's founding, the site was a centre of education for traditional Thai medicine, and statues were created showing yoga positions. An enormous Buddha image from Ayuthaya's Wat Phra Si Sanphet was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767, King Rama I (1782-1809 A.D.) incorporated its fragments to build a temple to enlarge and renovate the complex. The complex underwent many changes in the next 260 years. Under King Rama III (1824-1851 A.D.), plaques inscribed with medical texts were placed around the temple. These received recognition in the Memory of the World Programme launched by UNESCO on February 21, 2008. Adjacent to the building housing the Reclining Buddha is a small raised garden, the centrepiece being a bodhi tree which is propagated from the original tree in India where Buddha sat while awaiting enlightenment. The temple was created as a restoration of an earlier temple on the same site, Wat Phodharam, with the work beginning in 1788. The temple was restored and extended in the reign of King Rama III, and was restored again in 1982.
Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok (with an area of 80,000 square metres). It is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, as well as one of the largest single Buddha images of 160 ft length, the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiya)
The complex consists of two walled compounds bisected by Soi Chetuphon running east–west. The northern walled compound is where the reclining Buddha and massage school are found. The southern walled compound, Tukgawee, is a working Buddhist monastery with monks in residence and a school.
Outside the temple, the grounds contain 91 chedis (stupas or mounds), four viharas (halls) and a bot (central shrine). 71 chedis of smaller size contains the ashes of the royal family, and 21 large ones contain the ashes of Buddha. The four chedis are dedicated to the four Chakri kings. The temple has sixteen gates around the complex guarded by Chinese giants carved out of rock. These statues were originally imported as ballast on ship trading with China. The outer cloister has images of 400 Buddhas out of the 1200 originally bought by king Rama V. These are varied in different styles and postures, but these are evenly mounted on matching gilded pedestals. The main temple is raised in marble platform punctuated by mythological lions in the gateways. The exterior balustrade has around 150 depictions of the epic, Ramakien, the ultimate message of which is transcendence from secular to spiritual dimensions.
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ikeharel (37356) 2013-03-11 3:18
You had not mentioned, Stephen, but I recon this was viewed through a glass door, as seen it's reflection.
Good view indoor's this corridor, kept tidy-up and guarded from tourists.
Simple yet interesting to see.
ChrisJ (86876) 2013-03-11 3:34
I like the mirror within a mirror effect here. Good repetition and a fine long view of the distant arch within an arch. Nice warm cold colour contrasts between the gold and blue grey. Good perspective and the red ceiling adds interest. Tfs!
timecapturer (30334) 2013-03-11 5:21
fascinating shot this! It has an intrigue about it. Wonderful detailing and glorious symmetry. Love the mixture of colours, gilt and organic greenery. A calm atmosphere and a beautiful place captured and presented attractively.
Enjoy a good week - Brian.
Fis2 (73114) 2013-03-11 5:29
Good idea, super effect!
I like frame and sharpness.
Have a nice afternoon
Sergiom (39259) 2013-03-11 5:32
J'aime beaucoup cette composition qui donne un superbe effet de profondeur. Par contre, la texture de l'image est assez spéciale, comme si il y avait un manque de netteté et de contraste.
Royaldevon (17791) 2013-03-11 7:51
This is like the scene that goes on forever, reflected in a mirror.
The frame is equisite, making a beautiful surround for the reducing doorways, deeper in the frame.
My warm regards,
Nicou (97727) 2013-03-11 8:02
Avec ce cadre de dorure quelle vue et image quelle perspective et captage superbe ensemble et image bravo.
sandpiper (6007) 2013-03-12 2:31
I know this place well and have taken several friends to view it over the past few years. a beautiful place that I never get tired of. This is a good view and you were lucky to get a people-free momment
saxo042 (31802) 2013-03-12 7:47
A perfectly framed picture with a fine separation of background and foreground. A very good depth and also very good colours!
pierrefonds (48353) 2013-03-12 10:41
Using the mirror to frame the subject is a good idea. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the reflection in the mirror. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (67346)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-03-11 1:18