We got our first gimpse of elephants in Ayuthaya. These animals were trained very well. It was a bit intimidating for me to be around and so close to such large animals. I have only seen elephants and other large animals like this in a zoo. The elephants didn’t have much scarring, so I think they weren’t beaten or hurt too much while being tamed.
We saw quite a few different sized Buddhas… and temples. This big Buddha below is inside the beautiful temple above. I really liked how we were able to go up to the temples and physically climb up the staircases. In Rome, we could hardly get close to anything old, let alone touch or go onto any ruins. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd kings of Thailand are buried inside these large temples. Fun fact: If you didn’t know, Thailand’s current king is the longest standing king in the world.
If you look closely, you can see Rob, Jeff and Jessica on the massive ruins! This temple kind of reminded me of the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy, because it was leaning to the right. If you look closely, on the lower left you can see Jessica and Rob standing about 1/2 way up the temple with their hands in the air. On our tour we found a stray cat, cute little guy! I wasn’t much of a fan… Rob picked up some beautiful little trinkets from a street vender. If you receive one of these as a gift from him… sorry I spoiled the surprise!
Jessica and the gigantic laying Buddha. Myself… Rob saying a few prayers. At another location we saw lots of beautiful ruins. Jessica and I decided to switch up our pose for this photo. Any suggestions on new poses? This photo will likely be printed onto a large canvas and hung on our wall. Rob does a lot of Yoga. So we got him to do a few poses on some of the ruins. What a place to practice right? This Buddha head was cut off in 1767 when the Burmese army invaded Ayutthaya…no one truly knows how the head got into the roots of this huge banyan tree. Now the roots have grown around it and it looks at peace in there.
I have loved bonsai trees since I was a child. There are tons of them here in Thailand. This one in particular caught my eye. I especially love those little red blooms on that huge trunk. This makes me wonder about mine back home…hope my roommate is taking good care of it! Jessica making a few prayers. Some people must be in her thoughts, I think you know who you are! One of my favorite examples of the Buddhas at peace. Each hand position that every Buddha is in represents different things. Notice the difference between the photo above and below. The gesture on the top represents meditation while the bottom represents Calling the Earth To Witness the Truth. This hand gesture is always depicted with the right hand, while the left hand is on the lap, with the palm facing outwards.
Buddha is depicted to have long ears because he used to wear princely earrings before he renounced his earthly possessions and their weight stretched his ears and elongated them.