Thailand: Day Four (part 1)

The day began with a 15 minute walk down Sukhumvit Road to Benjasiri Park.  Sukhumvit is a very busy road with lots of traffic, businesses, restaurants and it is a feast of things to take in.  In the midst of all the chaos of Sukhumvit Road, is a little oasis called Benjasiri Park.  The park was built to celebrate H.R.H Queen Sirikit’s 60th birthday.  It’s a beautiful little green space, and green spaces are a gem in Bangkok.  We spent a little time singing and reflecting in the park, as well as doing a prayer walk around the perimeter.

Benjasiri Park

Rebekah, Kay, and Ty

Benjasiri Park

Grounds keepers take a rest

Benjasiri Park

Art and rest

Benjasiri Park

Tim and Birds resting on a Thai style roof

Tim is the resident artist of the MTW Bangkok team.  He is gifted in many arts such as music, drawing, photography, and most importantly his pottery.  It’s no surprise to those that know Tim that he would bring us to Benjasiri Park because of its artistic leanings.  There are many works of art on the grounds that reflect a modern touch to traditional Thai art.  Tim has a vision of using his talents in Bangkok among other local artists.  It’s an exciting vision.  What I loved about this time was how Tim used Thai architecture to explain the idea of rest.  A sala is a place of rest and refreshment to Thai people.  Tim explained how the gospel is a sala of rest to all of us.  It provides shade, comfort, and protection.  It was an amazing visual picture for us.

Benjasiri Park

Tradition meets modernity

This was such a peaceful morning before we headed into downtown’s hustle and bustle once more.  Stay tuned for part 2 of day four.

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  1. Love the sculptures! What a gorgeous place to go and spend time in. Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Beautiful park!! Great shots!
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  3. Such a beautiful thought – the gospel as a place of rest. So often I think of “taking up the gospel and getting to work” – which I know isn’t really the point. But it’s amazing how important reminders like this are. My dad is an architect – and I would have loved to hear Tim’s thoughts on this. Some of my favorite quotes come from architects – the real innovators have some pretty astounding insights! These posts are wonderful – I really love seeing and hearing all about your trip!
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  4. How cool! I love that circular art piece.

  5. I’ve really enjoyed your tour so far. Our friends are pastoring a church in Bangkok so it neat to get a better feel of the city. I’m so thankful that people are helping the young girls. It just breaks my heart. Beautiful photos!
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  6. Hi Kim, It is David and Ty King at Evangelical Church of Bangkok. They were previously missionaries there before coming to York Alliance church. Not sure which years.

  7. We know David and Ty through our friends at ECB:)

    Loving this tour and getting to see the things I missed while you were here!

  8. Art and rest… a wonderful combination! Love the Thai architecture you’ve captured Kim. And this little green space with a mix of modern and traditional is lovely. Hope you found enough down time in your days between running around.
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  9. I’m so loving not only getting to see what you saw but learning about the rituals, more about the culture & seeing everything in the everyday. You tell the story so beautifully.
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