Ramayana mural sheltered under portico at Emerald Buddha Temple, Bangkok
Sequential scenes from the Ramayana story are painted on mural walls sheltered under columned porticos at the Emerald Buddha Temple in Bangkok.
Pilgrims and tourists can walk around the shaded gallery halls viewing the hundreds of paintings that visually convey a Thai version of the ancient Indian epic.
This Thai version of the Ramayana was created between 1797 and 1807 under the writing supervision of King Rama I. Rama I founded the Chakri dynasty, the dynasty that still reigns and is profoundly influential in Thailand although their rule is allegedly ceremonial.
This image was photographed in August 1984.