Sunday, 6 December 2009

A mystical afternoon

The museum at King Narai palace in Lopburi closes at half past four. We were late. But the ruins outside the inner palace gate was perfect for the time we arrived, less than thirty minutes to five. Sunset was approaching, the early birds were leaving. We were among the few who loitered behind. We couldn't have chosen a more wondrous time to be there. I have noticed it in our previous visit to the ruins of the french ambassador's mansion on the other side of this historical town: a resident mystique envelopes relics of the past, especially those that enjoyed splendor in their day. When it's not disturbed by the sounds of present reality, it is magical.

We explored in peace. I wondered if these gates were as huge as those mammoth elephants I saw on encyclopedias as a kid. Behind me are the elephant stables.

Trying to get an idea of what was in store the next day, I peeped through the slit. I managed outlines of edifices even bigger than the skeletal remains standing on the outer grounds, still proud.

A hymn played in my head, the shadows lengthen as the sun hurried west.

Waxing meditative is easy when ruins speak to you

Electric bulbs are placed in lower corners. How do you imagine these ruins when they are aglow with lights? It made me wish out loud, I want a wedding here... :) Float lotuses on the pond, play a lace-adorned grand and my appetite for forensics and archeology is mentally well-fed.

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Thom said...

Thank you for the tour. It looks wonderful my friend :) It looks magical :)

Zeee said...

OMG! I love the ruins! I wouldn't mind not getting into the museum if I can explore these awesome ruins!

Lovely photos... thanks for sharing :)

Arlene said...

i bet it's a nice place to have a wedding. That's the first thing i thought of when i was at the church ruins in Camiguin.

Nice weekend getaway, zel!

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Lovely photographs and repertoire of info Hazel. I enjoy the sighting.

Beth said...

the museum looks mystical from the outside! you took good pics of it! :) i like ruins!

Ebie said...

Its undeniably super huge gates! Ruins and antiquity tour is so exciting, and just the place I want to be!

The reflections on the water is great too!

chubskulit said...

Wow sis very exciting naman tong adventures mo.. Feeling ko nanunood ako ng Lord of the Rings hehehe.

I am back to blogging circulation so here's My OWM

Anya said...

Its almost antique history there
Its really amazing there !!!

AL said...

Absolutely love the last photo, I agree it is a perfect place for wedding ceremonies.

Happy Holidays!

Joops said...

Wow so ancient looking!

I managed to make an entry