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The Reclining Buddha in Bangkok

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If you had tried a traditional Thai massage, then, you should know that such kind of massage was born here in Wat Pho where it houses the world’s biggest reclining Buddha. No, I’m not talking about that kind of “massage” offered by some around Silom or Khao San Road–with a “happy ending.”

If you are sightseeing from the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is just around the corner. You can’t miss it. If you have a really good sense of smell, just follow the odor that emanates from joss sticks. When inside the compound, I’d recommend you to go around and imbibe the sacredness of the place. I know, it’s kinda touristy, so better get away from the tourists for a while and just stroll around the area. Be awed by the giant stone statues that looks scary, marvel at the carvings and mosaics and Buddhist practices that’s all around you. Wonder at the small, medium and large-sized stupas that are painted in multi-colors with intricate tiny carvings on them. Observe how the monks chant their prayers and how they conduct their classes inside some of smaller temples or wats. And when you are tired, go to the main wat (temple), take off your shoes and enter quietly. Right in front of you is a massive reclining Buddha looking down at you or maybe, at his feet. Who knows?

Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand (Wat Pho).

Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand (Wat Pho).

The Reclining Buddha is 15 meters high and 43 meters long. He supports his head with his right hand and hey, look at those curly, tiny pieces of hershey-like chocolates as his hair! LOL… You would wish they’re gonna fall and see if they’re real gold or just painted hersheys. 🙂

Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand (Wat Pho).

Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand (Wat Pho).

While his hand supports his head, his neck is actually supported by two boxes. Try it yourself and it’s kinda difficult. And it hurts, too. LOL…

Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand (Wat Pho).

Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand (Wat Pho).

Jaw-dropping mosaics. They’re reaaaallllyyyyy impressive!

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Wat Pho is also considered as the very first university in Thailand that was open to the public who learned about religion, literature and science through the murals, paintings and sculptures inside the compound.

Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand (Wat Pho).

Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand (Wat Pho).

Buddha’s feet is 3 meters high and 4.5 meters long. In its sole are the 108 propitious symbols of the Holy Man who attained nirvana. At the back of this colossal figure are the 108 bowls where people drop coins/money for good fortune and to help the monks who maintain the wat.

 

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