Wat Pho, Bangkok Thailand

Wat Pho Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho Reclining Buddha

Today Alex and I will be venturing down the Chao Phraya River to visit some of the most popular attractions in Bangkok.

Places we will visit include Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and Khao San Road.

Our day’s journey continues at the “must see” Bangkok attraction of Wat Pho.

11:00am

We enter the Wat Pho temple complex after paying our THB$200 (AUD$8).

The main attraction within the Wat Pho complex is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.  At 15 metres high and 43 metres long, this reclining Buddha is quite stunning, and its gold leaf covering certainly makes an impact.

Even the reclining Buddha’s feet measuring 3 metres high and 4.5 metres long are enormous and you know what they say about big feet.

On the base of the Reclining Buddha’s feet are panels inlaid with mother of pearl depicting flowers, elephants, tigers and all things Thai.

There isn’t much to see along the back side of the Reclining Buddha except for the 108 bronze bowls, into which we drop one coin each, which is for good luck.  We purchase our container of coins for THB$40 (AUD$1.60) and begin our slow walk along the line of bowls.  Alex, at that price, maybe you should take a second run at the bowls – for luck?

Wat-Pho - for luck

Wat-Pho – for luck

We aimlessly wander the rest of the Wat Pho complex, passing various chapels which contain some of the 394 gilded gold Buddha statues from different parts of Thailand sitting in the lotus position.

Wat Pho - buddhas

Wat Pho – buddhas

Wat Pho - truly Thai

Wat Pho – truly Thai

Wat Pho is also a photographer’s dream…over to you Alex with your big fancy Cannon camera.  There are many smaller buddha’s and more than 90 chedi’s.

It has taken three hours and our visit here is complete.

Next stop, the Grand Palace.

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For previous Thailand series post see Chao Phraya River, Bangkok Thailand.
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