In February 2014, Bangkok’s first 3D art museum opened its doors to the public. This type of art is very new to my family; we had never seen anything like it before. At some point last year,(probably for this museum’s opening but since everything is normally written in Thai I had no clue what it was about) there was art like this on the BTS Skywalk at the Chitlom station. We saw artists at work and they had magnificent paintings of dinosaurs, whales, and even the Silver Surfer to name a few. The next weekend we went to see the finished product and people were standing on the paintings! I understood that it was a 3D painting you could take a photo of when you stood in the designated spot but I just about lost it when I saw people walking all over these masterpieces but come to find out that’s the point of this type of art…. Who knew?
This past weekend we ventured out to see another sight that can’t be missed while in Bangkok and that is Wat Pho. Wat Pho, home to the Reclining Buddha, is actually the oldest temple in all of Bangkok and was founded in the seventeenth century. Since its inception, this temple has had a few name changes; first, when it was founded they called it Wat Photaram and then another name change in 1801 to Wat Phra Chetuphon. In 1832, Rama III built the home for the Reclining Buddha and decided to turn the temple grounds into a public center of learning. To teach everyone of their Thai history they covered the walls in murals. This temple was known as Thailand’s first university and still a primary location for learning Thai massage.
There are so many interesting things to see in Bangkok, one of which are the many different temples. Last weekend we decided we would go see Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn. It took us over an hour to get there by using the BTS and a river boat. The river boat was a little scary because they crammed so many people on, it almost reminded me of the ferries you hear about in other countries that force so many people on they end up capsizing… Anyway back to the history lesson!
Saturday is our sight seeing day and yesterday we decided to go see Jim Thompson’s House. Jim Thompson was an American that revived the hand woven silk industry in Thailand. He made his home in Bangkok and through his work it was easy to see his love of Thailand. We took the tour, which Killian and I only made it 10 minutes in and then a meltdown hit, but Chris really enjoyed it.
Last Saturday we decided to venture out to see something new in Bangkok. We want to see the temples and touristy places but doing so is an “experience” to say the least. We take a taxi to the Grande Palace to see the Emerald Buddha, it takes about 30-45 minutes and costs us about 130 baht ($4.40 USD). We get to the palace early in the morning but boy is it packed!