Fabulous Photo Friday: Thai Buddhism Iconography

Filed in Adventures in Thailand, Photos by on July 11, 2014 13 Comments

The images of Thai Buddhism will stay with me forever.  The Golden, intricate figures and images are somehow soothing, awe inspiring, and even sacred.  They are steeped in antiquity, history and worship.  Look at the peaceful faces of the Buddhas, and the sometimes fierce aspect of the protectors.  I do want to return to Thailand to see them all again.

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Phang Nga Cave Reclining Buddha

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Cave Statues

Reclining Buddha

Reclining Buddha in Cave, Phang Nga

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Buddha in Wat Tham Suwan Khuha, aka “the monkey cave”

Beautiful temple in cave

Beautiful temple in cave

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Cave Buddhas surrounding Family Urn

The Golden Buddha

The Golden Buddha, Wat Traimit, Bangkok

Alexandra and I were blessed.

Alexandra and I were blessed by monks of Wat Traimit

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Wat Traimit

Wat Traimit

Over 1,000 Buddha figures

Over 1,000 Buddha figures

Protectors of Emerald Buddha

Protectors of the Emerald Buddha

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Intricate protection

Face of the Buddha

Face of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

The Emerald Buddha

The Emerald Buddha

Golden Wat

Golden Wat

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5 Headed Serpent protecting Buddha at Grand Palace

Buddha giving blessing

Buddha’s Blessings


Part female protector

Part female protector


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  1. These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.
    kim tackett recently posted…this week’s mojo to go :: 11 julyMy Profile

  2. What a treat………thank you!

  3. Gorgeous photos, Tam.

    I have a photo of a Buddha with a cat (that looks like one of mine) sitting in his lap facing me in my office. It watches over me while I work. The framed photo was a gift from a dear friend, and I cherish it. She knows how I feel about Buddhism.
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  4. thailand is on my list but not hubby’s. Hmm. gotta think about that. i loved seeing these photos.
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  5. Just breath taking Tam! Thanks for sharing them!

  6. Those photos are gorgeous. My husband is very into Buddhism and I’m going to share these with him. I know he’d like to get to Thailand to see them himself.
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  7. Gorgeous and moving. It inspires me to do more photography. We cannot all travel to all the same places, but we can share, and grow through that sharing. Namaste.
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