Wednesday, January 5, 2011

More Photographs of Koh Chang Bang Bao Thailand

Here are more photographs from my time in Koh Chang, Bang Bao, Thailand. For more about my travels in Thailand visit my blog at . Some of these photographs were taken on the pier of Bang Bao during my snorkeling trip, and some were taken from my hotel, which was on a pier.

(Front of a Thai fishing boat. I am assuming these decorations are to protect the boat from spirits and other mishaps. Thai has a significant culture surrounding spirits, especially water spirits. )

(Big lightbulb)

(A view of the pier at Bang Bao.)

(A little sliver of paradise. Sunset at Bang Bao.)

(This was a tin shed next to my hotel. I liked the colors and the lines.)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Photos of Bang Bao Ko Chang Thailand

These are photographs of Bang Bao on Ko Chang, Thailand. Bang Bao is a small fishing village on the southern tip of Koh Chang. The village is situated along a pier and has lots of seafood restaurants and kitchy shops. The village is still relatively Thai, and hasn't been completely overrun by farang tourists. There are still lots of Thai tourists that come here for holiday.

(A fishing boat at Bang Bao)

(Relaxing on the pier at Bang Bao, Thailand)

(View from my hotel at Bang Bao. This is a little strip of land that has a nice cozy shady beach. Paradise found.)

(A small dingy boat off the pier at Koh Chang, Thailand)

(A fence on the pier of Bang Bao. Nice composition.)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bao An Taoist Temple Taipei Taiwan

Here are more photographs from Bao An Temple in Taipei, Taiwan. Almost finished uploading all of them. Enjoy!

The roof of Bao An Temple. The roofs of Taoist temples are always decorated with folklore creatures. This one has two dragons and a red pearl in the center. The dragons chase the pearl to make rain.

Another mural in Bao An temple of Chinese folklore.

A Spirit house in Bao An temple in Taiwan.

The entire outside of the temple walls are covered in Chinese folklore paintings. This is a depiction of a scene from the Three Kingdoms, which is a Chinese classic.

This is a little fortune telling station in Bao An temple. After people pray with the moon blocks, they get a stick with a number on it. That stick correlates to a drawer that will have a fortune. You can take your fortune to the temple fortune tellers and they will interpret it for you.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Taoist Temple Bao An

I have a lot of photos from Bao An. Equipped with my new Nikon DSLR, I find myself taking hundreds of photographs a day. I guess I don't really know which ones to post or not. Also, Because of spacing and weird blogging issues, I think it is better to only post about 5 photos on one post. This means that I will have multiple pages for each place I go....maybe not good....maybe good....not sure...but definitely tedious....hmmmm... Anyway, here are some more from Bao An. Enjoy!

A mural at Bao An Temple. The walls of the temple are elaborately decorated with murals which are depictions from popular folk lore. It is kind of like how some churches have the stages of the cross, or other Bible stories painted on the walls.

Offering on the altar of a Taoist temple. Taiwanese people will often leave elaborate offerings on the altar of temples.

This lantern is above the entrance to Bao An temple. I really dig all the lanterns, especially when they are lit up.

Cute Baby. I saw this baby walking around the temple grounds. I thought he was cute. I also thought this turned out to be an interesting composition.

This old man was riding a bike near Bao An temple. I like photos of people. And yes, he is shirtless in the city. hmmm....