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Bangkok 2

wat arun

Above is Wat Arun, a temple near the river in Bangkok. More about it in later posts. Below you can see it at the far right in the context of the city.

wat arun in the river landscape

Just to give you the range of structures, here are a number of shots taken from a boat, none of these buildings too far from the others.

riversite housing

riverside

riverside highrise

common temple type structure

It is a city that contains multitudes in every way. From the old temples to garish modern ones, from high rises to riverside shanties, from contemporary shopping malls to traditional night markets.

As the boat made its way down the river I couldn’t help but think of how still and spacious the city looked when I knew up close it was teeming and loud and hot.  The river itself was busier than some roads back home with barges, and ferries, and dragonboats, small fishing boats, tugs, and in some places, people fishing off the bridge supports and others swimming near the banks.

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