Showing posts with label Thailand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thailand. Show all posts

Friday, July 4, 2014

Foreign Friday

Exterior Decoration
Temple of the Golden Buddha
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979
Detail above the temple gate
December 1979
Wat Traimit
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979
The temple (Wat Traimit) which houses the Golden Buddha has been rebuilt since the tour I took in 1979. The building then was somewhat nondescript, yet a bit ornate.

As seen in this photo, the new building is by far more elaborate.

The solid gold Buddha can be seen in this post.


Friday, June 27, 2014

Foreign Friday

Golden Buddha
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979
The Golden Buddha is the world's largest solid gold buddha. It is nearly 10 foot tall and weighs over 5 ton. Click on the link for additional information about the buddha and its history.

The buddha was beautiful; however, it saddened me to see the abject poverty immediately outside the door of the temple where this priceless object was housed.

Golden Buddha


Friday, June 13, 2014

Foreign Friday

Money from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore,
Philippines, and Japan
1979 - 1980
When traveling it is important to carry coins and bills from the countries you are visiting. Having the foreign money provides peace of mind that you can purchase food, pay for a taxi, make a phone call, and tip if appropriate. It's never wise to cash in or spend all of your foreign money before leaving a country because the unexpected can always occur.

I came home with a few dollars from some of the countries I visited. Of course, most of the money is from Japan. I never bothered to exchange any of the money when I returned to the base or even when I returned to the U.S.

The exchange rate for a U.S. dollar was very good in 1979, nearly $2.30 for 100 yen; the exchange rate now is closer to $1 to 101 yen. According to exchange-rates.org, the Japanese yen in the photo would total approximate $17 at today's exchange rate. Today, the Thai bhat is worth $2.75, Singapore dollars and odd coins approximately $2; the two Malaysian ringgits approximately 62 cents today. The odd coins from the Philippines and Hong Kong are probably less than a dollar each.

The exchange rate is fluid and changes from day to day. A wise traveller keeps an eye on the rate and tries to exchange money when the value is the greatest.

Have you kept foreign money as a souvenir of your travels?

Friday, June 6, 2014

Foreign Friday

Wat Pho
Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979

It was extremely difficult to get a photo of the Reclining Buddha for two reasons: the statue was being refurbished and it was massive. The buddha is over 49 feet high and 141 feet long. Note the buddha's feet are barely visible on the far right of the torso photo. 

The feet are over 9 feet high and over 14 feet long. Note the toes on the far left in the photo above. 
Close up of the bottom of the Reclining
Buddha's feet with an inlay of Mother of Pearl
Information about the temple and a scaffold-free photo of the buddha can be seen here


Friday, October 18, 2013

Foreign Friday

Nancy, Peggy Vaughn, Nancy VanDanberg, John Hedberg
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979


Last week's Foreign Friday photo, was taken following this traditional Thai meal.

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As shown in the photos above, most of the dinnerware in Asia is blue and white pottery. I purchased several pottery cups (without handles) in Japan and use them occasionally. In Japan and other countries, most of the cups for hot beverages did not have handles. In Japan, these tea cups are called yunomi.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Foreign Friday

Traditional Thai dancers perform for tourists
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979
Our tour group was treated to a performance of traditional Thai dancers. The music, the dancing, and the long metal finger tips the dancers wore made an impression on me.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Foreign Friday

Chao Phraya River Tour
Thailand
December 1979
When viewing this photo, I can almost feel the warm humid air of Thailand. Some other photos taken on this tour can be seen in several previous posts: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Foreign Friday

Superman on a theater marque
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979
It was fun to see these advertisements for Superman. I wonder if the movie was dubbed in Thai or if it had sub-titles?

Strangely, I didn't see any movies off base when I was overseas.

Superman on a theater marque
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979


Friday, April 26, 2013

Foreign Friday

Nancy outside a temple
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979
My hair was certainly darker in this photo - true "salt and pepper" - than it is now.  My hair today has more salt than pepper, as it is practically white. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

Foreign Friday

Temple Window
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979
It was difficult to capture the golden color of this beautiful stained-glass window.


This exterior shot gives you a better idea of how the window filled the temple with a golden light. In hindsight, I should have paid more attention to how I was framing the photograph.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Foreign Friday

Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979

Note the temple in the background with the river entrance covered in bright orange/gold cloth.

This earlier post has more photos of the temple.

While the river looks pretty in this photo, it was actually quite polluted.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Foreign Friday

Water Taxi on the Chao Phraya River
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979
Bangkok was a teeming city in 1979. Cars, taxis, and buses crowded the streets; boats, the Chao Phraya River. Much of the city's commerce was done on the river, but the river was also used for bathing and for laundry.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Foreign Friday

Fast Food Restaurants 
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979


Our tour guide advised us not to purchase the local fare from the sidewalk vendors, mostly because the water supply in 1979 was not that clean. However, many locals were giving these two ladies a lot of business. I am sure that a pole was inserted in the loops at the top of the baskets so they could transport their baskets to and from home.


These women and many others were selling food in front of the temple. I didn't see many men selling food on the streets.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Foreign Friday

Marble Temple roof tops
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979


I loved the tips on the roof tops. They look like the long fingertips of traditional Thai dancers.

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