Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Temple of Dawn

January 14...continued....

Our third stop on this pagoda-packed afternoon was Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. One of the best-known temples in Bangkok, Wat Arun features a central Kymer-style tower surrounded by four minor towers.  

We were especially fortunate to fixit Wat Arun on the day a ceremony was being held to honor some official who had been promoted. We arrived to find a number of dancers in traditional Thai costumes. 

They performed accompanied by musicians playing traditional instruments. 

And as if that wasn't enough of a treat, then came a full marching band led by a young woman wearing a cowboy hat and playing American music. Following the band came three dragon figures which were met with excited squeals from the children watching the parade.

By the time the dancers filed inside and the dragons disrobed, it was growing dark. We retired to our room for a chilled beverage after a very fulll day!

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