Former Thai Capital
Trip Start Nov 05, 2007
58Trip End Jun 22, 2008
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Today, the city is a Unesco World Heritage site (yes, another one on our trip!) with historic temples scattered throughout this once magnificent city. The ruins are divided into 2 areas: ruins "on the island" (which we rented bikes to ride around to see) and "off the island" (which we took a sunset boat ride)
As you can see there are images of Buddha everywhere, each in a different style. We stopped at the Historical Study Center which addressed the history of the city and Buddha "postures". The following is short list for your information:
Reclining - exact moment of Buddha's enlightenment.
Sitting - if right hand is pointed toward the earth "subduing the demons of desire; hands on lap turning the wheel of law".
Standing - bestowing blessing.
Walking - after his return to earth from heaven.
We found a great little Guesthouse called "Tony's Place", which seems to be the hub for tourists to either stay or eat at the open air bar and restaurant. I meet Tony who is Thai, but studied in the U.S. for 10 years and then returned to his native country. He asked me where we were from in America and I said Washington, DC, finding out he is a big Redskins fan and we talked football for a while. Never know where you will find a Washington Redskins fan!