Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wat Pho: Temple of the Reclining Buddha

A must-do for any visitor in Bangkok, a trip to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha toppled my favorite activity in Thailand's capital - shopping in Chatuchak Weekend Market. Located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho is the largest and oldest wat in Bangkok and is home to more than 1,000 Buddha images. It is also famous for housing the largest reclining Buddha that measures 46 meters long and 15 meters high covered in gold leaf. Entrance to the temple is THB100 (Php140.00) per person and the complex is open everyday from 0800H to 1700H.

Built as part of Rama III's restoration between 1824-1851, The Reclining Buddha's body is gold plated and decorated with mother of pearl inlay on his eyes and soles of his feet. The Buddha's feet are also intricately embellished with 108 auspicious scenes in Chinese and Indian styles.

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