Wat Pho, Bangkok
Wat Pho is home to an enormous golden reclining Buddha. It is about 150 feet long and is Thailand’s longest reclining Buddha. The reclining Buddha is a less common representation of Buddha. It depicts his death, passing into nirvana and being freed from the cycle of reincarnation. The soles of the Buddha’s feet are adorned with mother-of-pearl inlay and are beautiful on their own.
The grounds are equally awe-inspiring with stunning temples and the famous Phra Ubosot depicting the Buddha enthroned. There are over a thousands Buddha statues in the complex.
The complex is crowded, so go early. Bare shoulders, arms and legs are not allowed. Shoes must be removed before entering a temple. Buddhism is the living religion of Thailand. Expect to see people in prayer and be respectful.
|There are Buddhas in every pose
|The ornamentation is hand-laid ceramic tiles giving a 3-D effect