Marvel and Football Run the World

Kids wear Marvel clothes. Adults wear football shirts. 

Arsenal and Liverpool are the most popular teams here in Thailand; their shirts are everywhere. The presence of Marvel is also seen here; kids tend to love Spider-Man and Captain America. Being here reinforced to me how big and popular these brands are. They’re seen on billboards and in advertisements, and their products are sold at markets. As a huge fan of both, I’ve been lucky enough to pick up some football jerseys at the local markets. But I’m still on the lookout for a Spider-Man tracksuit…… hahaha ? 

The love for the Premier League is enforced by the TV in the corner of our workplace. Our friend Tee is a Chelsea fan; his favourite player is Drogba, so he’s had Drogba highlights running for the last three weeks

Ayutthaya and Wat Muang

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Ayutthaya, a city in Thailand with a rich cultural heritage. I was particularly excited to visit Wat Muang, one of the largest temples in the country and home to the world’s tallest statue of a sitting Buddha.

As I arrived in Ayutthaya, I was struck by the city’s ancient architecture and beautiful temples. The city was the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. I quickly made my way to Wat Muang, which is located about 30 kilometers from the city center.

The legends that are Aaron Clarke from NEXSTEP and our Cultural tour guide for the day Arun at Ayutthaya.

As I approached the temple, I was in awe of the enormous statue of the sitting Buddha, which stands over 92 meters tall. It was truly a sight to behold, and I was grateful for the opportunity to see such a magnificent work of art. I spent some time exploring the temple grounds, admiring the intricate carvings and beautiful gardens.

Me Outside the buddha at Wat Muang

After my visit to Wat Muang, I returned to the city center to explore some of Ayutthaya’s other temples and historical sites. I visited Wat Phra Si Sanphet, which was the holiest temple in the city during the reign of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. I also saw the iconic Buddha head entwined in tree roots at Wat Mahathat, which is one of the most photographed sites in Ayutthaya.

Overall, my trip to Ayutthaya and Wat Muang was a wonderful experience. I was able to learn more about the history and culture of Thailand, and I was amazed by the beautiful temples and statues that I saw. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in exploring the country’s rich cultural heritage.

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