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    Tropical Punch Tour: Thailand Part 35

    Wednesday, September 1, 2010
    Bangkok, Thailand

    Coming right at ya! It's your everyday, basic canal taxi in Bangkok, Thailand.

    A paintless and tileless temple under renovation at Wat Rajnadda in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Another temple gets scaffolded at Wat Rajnadda in Bangkok, Thailand.

    A makeshift tree shrine in Bangkok, Thailand.

    After a super-tasty pancake and fruit breakfast at May Kaidee’s followed by a sweltering but restful nap upstairs, I set out on another photo mission, this time to the Western section of Banglamphu. The first compound I came across, Wat Rajnadda, was closed, with several temples under various stages of renovation. When I tried to walk in the front entrance, some construction guy told me it was closed, so I just moseyed on around to the side and snuck in to snap a few photos. One of the temples had been stripped bare and was waiting to accept a new coat of gold and tiles, while another was wrapped up in scaffolding, all ready to get buffed.

    Why so glum, chum? Bangkok, Thailand.

    New sitcom The Buddha and the Bell coming this fall on CBS. The Golden Mount in Bangkok, Thailand.

    A big-ass gong at the Golden Mount in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Next, I spied a huge golden stupa not too far away, but it was rather difficult to find amid a maze of canals and bridges. Situated atop a big hill, it’s called the Golden Mount at Wat Saket, accessible by a long, curved stairway with tiny steps that are annoying to walk up, unless you’re a pygmy. On display were cheesy fake boulders adorned with what appeared to be Buddhist lawn ornaments. A pink flamingo and an elf wouldn’t look out of place there. Halfway up was a collection of bells and a huge six-foot diameter gong on which I fired up a recording session. Too bad the gate leading to the top was closed. I peaked in and the curved stairway going up looked pretty enticing. Maybe I’ll try to return here earlier in the day.

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