Monks Bowl Village, Grand Palace, Partying at Gazebo
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August 3rd, 2009 – by: jefrois
I saw this documentary about Bangkok, where they went to this small village in the middle of Bangkok, called 'Ban Baht' where they still keep the tradition alive of of creating handmade Buddhist alms bowls out of eight pieces of steel (representing Buddha's eightfold path). Walking down the narrow alleys in Rattanakosin, the city's old quarter, known as "Ban Batt," you start hearing the 'ping,ping,ping' of the alms bowls being made.
This village was originally established by King Rama I as an area where monks black alms bowls, used to collect food, were made. In Buddhism, giving of alms is the beginning of one's journey to Nirvana. But over the years with the creation of cheaper ways of producing bowls are replacing the traditional techniques, thus putting most of the craftsmen out of business.
After getting our souvenirs, we go for some sightseeing nearby and stop at Wat Samet and the Golden Mount.
After that we make our way to the Grand Palace, which is a compound full of former residences of Thai Kings. It contains Boromabiman Hall, built by King Rama VI, and every king since has lived there at some time. Amarinda Hall, the original residence of King Rama I, now used for ceremonial gatherings and corronations.
Now all that sounds quite interesting and would be interesting to see, however when we get to the Grand Palace we notice that it is already closed. Even if it would have been open we wouldn't be allowed inside since there is a strict dresscode, everyone and I do mean EVERYONE has to wear clothing that covers their knees.
Its still very impressive from the outside :)
We make our way back to our hotel and meet the others for some food and drink! We end up going to Gazebo, a club which has a nice rooftop area, where u can smoke hookah and drink, and we had a great time. Ruby had to get up early to pick up James at the airport, Derek founded the idea of buying ridiculous hats for everyone, and after much alcohol and hookah we end up at.... McDonalds at 4am for much needed food!!!
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