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Splendid temples of Bangkok - part 2 (see part 1 posted two days ago!)

🔹Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen
Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen is an ancient royal temple located on the Chao Phraya River. Its been established in early 17th century, was nearly abandoned in early 20th century and now is as prosperous as ever. It’s been successful in promoting Buddhist education and charities however the most famous part of it now is the giant gold Buddha! Actually it was finished only in 2021 and already become the most famous photo spot. (And it has a tiny but a very photogenic cafe on the temple premises too, by the way!)
🔹Wat Saket
The Golden Mountain is one of the most famous temples of Bangkok. Buddha’s relics that are kept inside the golden mountain were received from India.
Important: the main part of it – Phu Khao Thong, the golden mountain standing on an artificial hill – is under restoration until July 2024
🔹Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan (Loha Prasat)
Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan, or Loha Prasat, a unique temple of Bangkok with 37 metal spires. It’s even been called an Iron Castle for that reason!
Only three temples like this exist in the world: the first one was built in India during Buddha’s lifetime, the second one was built in Sri Lanka around 156 BC, and this one was built in 1846 in Bangkok. The temple was erected by Rama III to commemorate Princess Sommanat Wattanawadi, who died shortly after labour at 19 years old.
🔹Wat Traimit
A Thai Buddhist temple in the Chinatown by the Chinese gate marking the borders of the Chinese district? Yes!
Wat Traimit, previously known as Wat Sam Chin because it was probably founded by three friends, is a gorgeous Buddhist temple right next to Odeon Circle – come here to see a giant Gold Buddha who weighs 5.5 tons! The Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center is also located here.

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Bangkok temples that will leave you speechless: part one

🔹Temple of Emerald Buddha
Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of Emerald Buddha, is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand. It is located on the same grounds as the Grand Palace, and the central building – Phra Ubosot – houses the statue of the Emerald Buddha.
The 15th-century statue is actually not very big (it’s only 66cm tall) and is made from green jasper, and ’emerald’ describes only its colour.
🔹Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Wat Pho, or Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn), is another iconic Buddhist temple not far from the Grand Palace where you can see not only the Giant Buddha but also Phra Ubosot, a few prangs and a gallery of 394 smaller golden Buddhas.
Also this temple is believed to be the birthplace of Thai massage and medicine as well!
🔹Wat Arun
Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan, or the Temple of the Dawn, is one of the most famous symbols of Bangkok, famous for its ceramic and porcelain outer decorations and corn-shaped prangs, or spires, with the tallest one being 79 metres high.
Its name is linked to Aruna, a Hindu god of the rising sun.
🔹Wat Khun Chan
Wat Khun Chan is a lesser visited Bangkok temple but it’s definitely worth your attention. Also known as Wat Waramartaya Punthasatharam and built in the first half of the 19th century, it’s a fantastically decorated temple: you can spot Buddha sitting on three elephants, tigers, lions and many other creatures!

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Save the best things you can do in Oxford, one of the most magnificent cities in the UK! It’s a world-famous university, Alma Mater of kings, politicians, and writers, architectural gem – and only in about an hour’s trip from London.

🔹Explore the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera,
🔹Observe The Sheldonian Theatre
🔹Take a photo of the Bridge of Sighs
🔹Dive into magic at Christ Church
🔹Catch the White Rabbit at the Alice’s Shop
🔹Pop into the Eagle and Child Pub, the exact location where The Inkings group met the members of which were JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis
🔹Stroll along the University Parks of Oxford
🔹Have a cup of coffee at the Covered Market
🔹Observe Oxford from above: the 13th century Carfax Tower, a part of destroyed St. Martin’s Church – or the Saxon Tower of St Michael, the oldest building of Oxford, at the North Gate
🔹Enjoy the museums: the Pitt Rivers, the Ashmolean Museum, and the Museum of Oxford

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Have you ever been to the Kensington palace, this gem of London? 🥹🥹🥹 ...

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Where to stay in Hanoi, Vietnam? #purpurpurpur_hotels

We stayed in a luxury boutique hotel, Le Chanvre, in the heart of the Old Quarter.
The hotel was a quiet oasis among the hustle and bustle of the surroundings, a short walk from the lake and many landmarks. The interior of our room was pretty stylish, and the bathtub was overlooking the busy streets of Hanoi.
Breakfast was served on the 10th floor, a spa was located on the lower ground, and a bar with a tiny pool was placed on the top floor of the building.

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Save the unmissable sights and activities for your future Hanoi, Vietnam, trip!👇🏻

1. Take a photo of Hanoi train street - see my previous reel
2. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (or just see it from the outside because the queue can take hours)
3. Explore One Pillar Pagoda, one of the main sights of the country
4. Try to cross a road of the Old Quarter - it feels a bit suicidal but it’s manageable
5. Watch the Water Puppet show - we attended the performance at the Thang Long Theatre and simply adored it! @thanglongwaterpuppettheater
6. Learn the history of Hoan Kiem Lake, or the lake if the returned sword
7. Attend the performance at Ngoc Son Temple - it’s really impressive
8. Admire Saint Joseph’s Cathedral 
9. Examine the Temple of Literature, its a real gem
10. Dive into the past at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, UNESCO world heritage site
11. Go to the Trấn Quốc Temple - the pagoda there is amazing
12. Stroll around the French district 
13. Have an afternoon tea at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi @sofitellegendmetropolehanoi
14. Pay a visit to Hoa Lo Prison
15. Try Vietnamese cuisine - I’ll post more about it later #purpurpurpur_guides🔎🌎
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The most unusual landmark of Hanoi - Hanoi train street! Have you heard of it?

Hanoi Train Street is one of the most touristy places in the city (we didn’t make it to a train market in Thailand in a 1.5-2h drive from Bangkok because we knew we’d visit it here). As I understood, the train passes just a few times a day in the evening, but it might be delayed for about 30 minutes, and the schedule might depend on the season.

However, this place is really photogenic, even without a train! The train line was built by the French in 1902, and it was recently rerouted to avoid accidents because some tourists were too reckless. Now, you can watch the train from the cafes along the train line.

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My ultimate guide to Hanoi, Vietnam, is live at Purpurpurpur.co.uk: see there hotel and Vietnamese cuisine recommendations too (link in bio!)👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

Actually Hanoi is a very ancient city and has a long history. Ly Thai To (974 – 1028) is a founder of the Lu dynasty who played a crucial role in the life of the city: he transferred the capital city to here – Hanoi was known then as Đại La – from the former capital, Hoa Lu. So, it’s no surprise you’ll see a statue dedicated to him!
Now, Hanoi is a vibrant city where East and West clash.
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Back to one of my favorite cities in Europe - have you ever been?
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This Birthday girl travels from Albania to Vienna and plans to go to Bratislava 😅 Happy Birthday to me! ...

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