One of the most beautiful buildings on the palace grounds is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It's almost impossible to get good pictures of the entire temple because of the hundreds of visitors that always seem to be going in and out to look at the statue of Buddha inside. But, the most remarkable part of this building, to me, is the outside. The outside is absolutely covered with hundreds, if not thousands, of golden mystical figures in that familiar stance with their hands facing upwards and knees bent. The building is ornate with intricate detail and very beautiful. Unfortunately they don't allow you to take pictures inside and were very skeptical of me and my camera the entire time I was inside the temple.

Anne standing next to a small garden area

The side of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Mystical figures adorning the Temple
of the Emerald Buddha

Close-up of one of the golden figures

Me with the mystical figures

Anne with the mystical figures

An angled view showing the
corner and the marble floor

A view showing the intricate inlaid patterns
behind the mystical figures
Having taken many pictures of the temple's beautiful and ornate mystical statues we moved to the rear of the building and discovered some wonderful stone sculptures of other characters (right). While we were busy taking pictures two Chinese women asked that we take their picture. A conversation started and we asked them to take our picture with the one woman. It's amazing how fast you can become friends with someone in today's smaller world.

Anne and I with the Chinese woman

A close-up of the head
of a mystical figure
Let's continue to another page for some pictures of brightly painted masks on the mystical figures ...
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Welcome to our China 2001 Photo Album
Planning and Getting there: Grand Circle Tours and Northwest Airlines
Beijing : Arriving in Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Imperial (Forbidden) Palace (1) | The Imperial Palace (2) | The Nine Sons of the Dragon
The Imperial Palace Garden | The Summer Palace | Summer Palace (2) | Summer Palace (3) | Summer Palace (4) | Local Beijing Market
Local Beijing Market (2) | Hutong | Bell Tower | Hutong Family, Dinner and the Opera | Cloisonné Factory | Ming Tombs | Ming Tombs (2)
Great Wall of China at Ba Da Ling | Temple of Heaven
Shanghai : Arriving Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden | Yuyuan Garden (2) | The Temple of the Jade Buddha | The Bund | Day Excursion to Suzhou
Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
Cruising the Yangtze River : Yangtze Cruise, Day 1 | Yangtze Cruise, Day 2 | The Xiling and Wu Gorge | The Lesser Three Gorges
The Lesser Three Gorges (2) | The Qutang Gorge | Wanxian | The Last Day of Cruising | Regal China Cruise Lines
Chongqing : Chongqing
Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
The Hotels: Hotels, rail and air travel in China
Hong Kong : Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village | Hong Kong at Sunset | Hong Kong Bird & Flower Market
| New Territories Fishing Village | Hong Kong Farewell Dinner
Bangkok : Jim Thompson House and Golden Buddha | The Flower Market | The Food Vendors | Grand Palace | Mystical Figures | Brightly Painted Masks on Mystical Figures
Golden Mystical Figures | Buildings of the Grand Palace | Lunching at the Shangri La Hotel | Loy Nava Rice Barge Cruise | Ayutthaya, Ancient Capital of Siam
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Reclining Buddha | Bang Pa In, The Summer Palace |

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