Two Dvarapala Yakshas (Thai: ยักษ์) of the Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

Two Dvarapala Yakshas of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

This is another photo from the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew / Grand Palace complex in Bangkok. These fiercely looking statues are called yakshas. They are spirits representing the forces of nature in Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. The one on the right, with the green face, is called Thotsakhirithon or ทศคีรีธร in Thai script. I haven’t managed to establish the identity of his red-faced companion. Do you know his name? Please let me know.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo) in Bangkok, Thailand

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo) in Bangkok, Thailand

The golden spire in this picture is called a stupa or a chedi. This stupa belongs to Wat Phra Kaew, in English known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is one of the most popular places in Bangkok and I think every tourist should see it. […]

Night View of the Buddhist Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) in Bangkok, Thailand, Southeast Asia. Taken from the other side of the Chao Phraya river with a telezoom lens.

The Buddhist Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) in Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Arun, also known as Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan (somehow I prefer the shorter version), is a Buddhist temple on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river in Bankgok, Thailand. According to Wikipedia and other sources, it was named after Aruna – the Hindu god of dawn. I don’t quite understand why a Buddhist temple would be named after a Hindu deity. […]

Evening Panorama of Bangkok, Thailand with the Chao Phraya River

Evening Panorama of Bangkok with the Chao Phraya River

This is another Bangkok sunset, taken from the place where I was staying, one day after this photo. Not much of a sunset, if you can’t see the sun, you might say. Indeed, even though it might have been the clearest during my stay in Bangkok, it was still very hazy. […]