Aurora photographer Jonathan Kingston captured this image of a golden Buddha statue at the Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok, which appears in the January 2009 issue of Geo Saison,while on a 100-day assignment for a semester-at-sea program. Traveling around the globe to document the trip, he was able to observe changing cultures in Thailand and other Asian countries.
“Like much of south Asia, Bangkok is a city of extremes between the ultra modern and ancient world, its residents walking with a foot in both. The best part of an assignment like this was the chance to compare so many different cultures undergoing rapid change in a short period of time and seeing how each culture chooses to hold fast to their roots while expanding rapidly towards the future.”
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