Meeting the Buddha in Ayutthaya

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Ayutthaya, Thailand. The impressive complex of the old capital is still composed of massive ruins that are today only shadows of what could have been hundreds of years ago these amazing temples.

Getting lost in the city is good way to make unexpected meetings: wild dogs sleeping on the side of a road, tuk tuks drivers talking together while waiting for a customer, tourists on bike on the way to a next site to visit, or an old statue in a ruin that everybody seems having forgotten.

Like what can be seen sometimes in japanese temples and shrines, Thais usually make their statues wearing a yellow cover, and no matter how old or damaged the statue can be, the sheet will always be new and clean. This shows well the deep respect given to Buddhism in Thailand, which seems really unique compared to other customs in Asia.

 

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