Travel theme: Bright

Ailsa has challenged us to come up with some really bright photos this week, in contrast to the darker image of Halloween last week. Her first pic is of vivid, cheeky hummingbirds, so not to be outdone, here is the brightest and cheekiest little bird I’ve ever come across. He posed for me when we were visiting the Kuranda Birdworld in Cairns.

In the downtown Chinatown district of Singapore, we came across the amazing Sri Mariamman Temple. This richly embellished Hindu temple is a national monument, and one of the main tourist attractions. It was a cloudy day, so doesn’t look so bright in the photo, but can you imagine how it must gleam in bright sunlight?

The ‘Temple of the Reclining Buddha’ in Bangkok is so brightly and ornately decorated.

The Reclining Buddha was crafted to celebrate King Rama III’s restoration (1824 – 51). At 150 ft (46 m) long and 49 ft (15 m) high, it is the largest Buddha image in Thailand. It’s totally covered in gold leaf, and the eyes and soles of the feet are inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

The temple’s official name is ‘Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangklaram Ratchaworamahawihan’; quite a mouthful, so it’s known as ‘Wat Pho’, which rolls off the tongue much more easily. πŸ™‚

See how big these brightly painted statues are. I look like a little pixie down at the bottom. πŸ™‚

I think this temple complex was the brightest and blingiest place I’ve ever visited.

Interestingly, Wat Pho, is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, and courses are offered at a school just outside the temple complex.

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95 comments on “Travel theme: Bright

  1. Grand travel spots! How er? envy-ing these images are. I’m specifically fascinated with the little people of Sri Mariamman. Do you have a prticular post about it? If not, I think you should. Hehe. Sorry for barging to your blog this.

    • Hi, Rommel. Thanks so much for your comment. No, I don’t have a post dedicated to the temple of Sri Mariamman, and I only have this one photo which isn’t a very good one. Maybe I should go back there again. You are welcome to barge onto my blog anytime. πŸ˜€

  2. What a colorful bird. Perfect for this challenge. You got some great photos at the temple in Bangkok.Brings back memories. We were there last Oct. dodging the floods.

  3. Those Rainbow Lorikeets are the cheekiest birds in the Australian bush and they congregate in huge chattering numbers in the trees near the beach at sunset. They make so much noise you cannot hear yourself speak and of course you have to be careful walking under the trees….

  4. The bird shot made my day! Much brighter than anything we have around here. You may have guessed by now I’m far more drawn to that created by Mother Nature than manmade. πŸ˜‰ Even if it is as grand as the Thai Temple.

  5. What a beautiful, bright gallery! Love, love the cheeky hummingbirds.
    The Buddha statue in Thailand is incredible. Thank you, AD!

  6. Beautiful, colorful pictures!

    I clicked on your link earlier and was taken to a story about Mxolisi the artist. I couldn’t comment on the post. Do you have two blogs or am I just losing my marbles? πŸ˜€

  7. wow!! bright indeed and love all the’ve made me want to visit this temple complex some day. The cheeky birdie is outstanding πŸ™‚

  8. What made these lovely shots even brighter was the fact that I could almost feel the heat and warmth from the places you had taken them!!!! And how deliciously pleasant to remember the warmth of the tropical sun on a cold autumn evening! Thank you! Sharon

  9. That Buddhist workmanship is absolutely incredible, though I find it a bit garish for my taste πŸ˜‰

  10. What beautiful bright pictures! I’ve been to the temple complex where the Reclining Buddha is! You and I have traveled to so many of the same places (except Machu PIcchu in my case)!! That bird is fabulous!!

  11. That bird and its beautiful bright colors is so fetching. I love it. It almost doesn’t look real. And the temple is gorgeous. I love te theme this week. πŸ™‚

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