Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Reclining Buddha - Wat Pho - Bangkok - Thailand.



After leaving The Grand Palace - Bangkok behind we walked through a local market to see The Reclining Buddha that is in the same vicinity. A short ten minute stroll that took us longer as we browsed the stalls and I took photos.




                                                     We soon arrived at Wat Pho



The reclining Buddha is 15 m high and 43 m long with his right arm supporting the head of tight curls is supported on blue box pillows encrusted with glass mosaics. The 3 m high and 4.5 m long foot of the Buddha is inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The panels, around the Buddha display the auspicious symbols by which Buddha can be identified like flowers, dancers, white elephants, tigers and altar accessories. Over the statue is a seven tiered umbrella representing the authority of Thailand. There are 108 bronze bowls in the corridor indicating the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha, where people drop coins as it is believed to bring good fortune, as well as helping the monks maintain the temple.






It is worth taking time to look around the rest of the complex as although there is lots more to see. Unfortunately many tourists only take time to view the main attraction of the Reclining Buddha and therefore miss out on soaking up the rest of the atmosphere. 








I hope you have enjoyed your virtual visit today. I have included some further information and links in case you are planning your own trip, or just wish to learn a little more about Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha.


  1. Address: 2 Sanamchai Road, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand
    Phone:+66 2 226 0335

    Hours:
     
    Daily 8.00am - 5.00pm




The following website links may also be of interest.


All photos are my own taken in October 2011. 
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12 comments:

  1. How astonishing. I would love to see it.
    I was intrigued by the picture of all the monks sitting there - some looked smaller than the rest, almost like children, except they had grey hair. I wonder if perhaps their growth had been stunted because of malnutrition as children? What do you think?

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    1. Jenny my apologies but I appear to have mislead you with the photo I took in the market en route of the monks, it was a table of models for sale. :)

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  2. What lovely shots! Such a great experience too, I imagine.

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  3. Your pictures are amazing. The colors especially appeal to me. The details in the budda are incredible.

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  5. Hi Lindy,

    Thank you for your warm thoughts of me and the Philippines after the typhoon. We're grateful for people like you who are supporting our fast recovery from this tragic event. The outpouring help is overwhelming and it's amazing to see that compassion and love even from strangers is still very much alive in this world. :)

    I've been extremely busy and I'm glad I'm able to blog hop today and post the pending comments on my blog. It's nice to see the Reclining Buddha here in your page. I saw it in 2010 and I was with 2 Thai women for the past 4 days and we were talking a lot about Thai temples and buddhas so it's nice coincidence I saw one of my favorite Buddha figures here in your page.

    I wish you a happy weekend!

    Greetings from Manila,
    Maria

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  6. What an interesting trip you made together ! Your pictures are beautiful, I only thought that the monks need some kgs more !

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  7. I went to Thailand on my honeymoon and remember the reclining Buddha . An amazing country with such lovely people. I hope it has not been too spoilt by tourism.

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  8. Wow, these are wonderful trip photos. The reclining Buddha is just amazing. Thanks for sharing your trip! Have a happy weekend!

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  9. I love your trip tales from this part of the world, Linda. It's so exotic and wonderful to me because I've never seen anything like it. :-)

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  10. Wonderful shots of the place. I would love to see this.

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