Photographer's Note

Wat Kalayanamit is situated on the banks of the Chaophraya River and was built by King Rama III in the first half of the nineteenth century. This was a time when trade with China was at its peak. China was seen as a useful counterbalance to the growing influence of European powers in southeast Asia. Many things Chinese became popular, including statuary and architecture.

Inside the massive wiharn is a huge Buddha image which fills almost the entire interior of the prayer hall. The walls of the wiharn are painted with contemporary scenes from the time of the temple's construction. Next to the wiharn, a bell tower barely contains the largest bronze bell in Thailand.

This is two shots stitched together and taken at ISO 1600. I'm quite pleased with the result.

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Additional Photos by Chris Chafer (sandpiper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 767 W: 87 N: 1198] (6788)
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