The renown Wat Mahathat, a well known Vipassana meditation center, and the amulet market right outside its walls on Soi Prachan, flooded this morning. All in the shadow of the Grand Palace.  The current was swift flowing away from  the Tha Prachan Pier with street merchants improvising using concrete barriers, pumping water out in blue hoses, or simply selling their wares in spite of it all.  Outside the Ministry of Education volunteers unload sandbags.  Despite the water finding its way throughout Wat Mahathat, life went on.