This bench resides in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Bangkok, Thailand. There are several benches of a similar contemporary design in the display rooms, which visitors can use for resting while contemplating the art around them, or which can be admired as art themselves.
Bench in MOCA
This photo was taken on March 4, 2017 with an Olympus TG-4.
In addition to seeing its many temples, no visit to Bangkok’s Chinatown is really complete without a visit to the sprawling Pak Klong Talad Flower and Vegetable Market. Coming from Wat Arun on the other side of the Chao Phraya River, we exited our river boat at stop N6, Tha Memorial Bridge, to continue back to our hotel in Chinatown. With a small detour, we could also visit the market. In addition to the wholesalers inside the market, there are many individual proprietors selling small amounts from their personal vehicles, e.g., carts or bicycles, parked in the streets or on the sidewalks beside the large market. The owner of this bicycle is selling lemons from a basket on the handlebars.
This long-tail boat is carrying tourists through a canal off the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. Entry to these canals, by boat and by increasingly brackish water that affects Bangkok’s tap water production, is strictly regulated by the use of sluice gates that regularly close for a short period of time. While a gate is closed, canal tour boats congregate on both sides. As soon as a gate opens, there is a mass exodus of boats from inside, followed by a more leisurely entry of boats that have been waiting patiently at the edge of the canal outside.
This boat has just exited through the barrier gate beneath the Klong Mon Pumping Station, and our boat is about to enter the canal through the same gate.
This photo was taken at Chinatown’s Pak Klong Flower Market, which is the largest wholesale and retail flower market in Bangkok, Thailand. The cellophane-wrapped package shown in the photo contains betel leaves, a few slices of the areca nut (a berry, commonly called the betel nut, which is the seed of the areca palm), and assorted spices such as clove, cardamom, or catechu. It is a kit of ingredients to create the infamous betel nut chew common in Southeast Asia. The nut slices will be wrapped in the betel leaves, along with the spices and slaked lime, before chewing. However, the buyer of this packaged arrangement will most likely offer it to some Buddha statue in the city or place it on a spirit house, as an offering to its spirits.
Wat Saket is a popular Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand. Also called Golden Mount or Phu Khao Thong, because of the gold chedi on top, it is an easy visit, with 300 well-paved shallow steps winding to the top. The steps in the photo are marked with an up arrow; there are similar “down” steps.
In March this year, we visited the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Bangkok, Thailand. One of the unusual exhibits that we liked was a group of bronze sculptures created in 2010 by the artist Anupong Chantorn, called Animal-man Family. This is one of the items in the collection.