Today’s photo is of the big Buddha statue of Wat Indrawiharn in Bangkok. When I first came to Bangkok in 1987, you could see the big, 100 foot-high statue from any high place around the old city, and especially the Golden Mount. These days I couldn’t even pick it out the last time I visited the mount. It’s been almost hidden by surrounding structures that are taller.
With the decreased visibility, the temple seems to have faded as a tourist attraction. It still gets them, but these days it’s only a small trickle. Like the much more famous Wat Po, there’s a bit more to the temple than the big Buddha. The ornate boundary markers around the ordination hall point to the temple’s Ayutthaya-era roots, and there are several Chinese and Hindu-inspired shrines around the compound, not to mention a lot of cats.