A tall stupa rises in the center of the temple grounds. The pointed stupa is the centerpiece of Wat Arun, which often appears in iconic photos of Bangkok. But not everyone is free to approach the stupa. There is a fence around the stupa, and an entrance fee must be paid to enter. It is free to walk around the grounds, but you have to pay to get near the stupa. I walked around the outside of the fence without paying. Then I saw a man standing right next to the fence.
The man with the hat was neither a tourist nor a visitor. He was there on business. He was painting the fence with a bucket of paint in his right hand and a brush in his left. The man is working at a leisurely pace, occasionally engaging in conversation with a colleague. I don't know if in Theravada Buddhist countries, it is believed that one can accumulate merit by engaging in temple repairs in this way. But the man is painting happily. There was a Hanuman ornament in front of the man, and a tall stupa loomed on the other side of the fence.
|Jun 2018 PEOPLE THAILAND
|BANGKOK BUCKET CAP FENCE STUPA TEMPLE
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