On a particular sunny and humid day, we have decided to visit Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand. But weather has planned something else for us. The moment we entered to the Wat Pho, it was raining like cats and dogs. Just a few steps distance to get inside the temple from the cab, so it doesn’t let us wet too much. If you are a lover of crowd, scream and shout, then this place is not for you. This well maintained place is surprisingly clean, calm and organized by the concerned authority.
Wat Pho, a Buddhist temple complex situated at the south of the Grand Palace. This almost centrally located temple is very easy accessible from any part of Bangkok. It has only one main entrance to enter and exit as well. Great place to be with families and kids as well.
Wat Pho is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is one of the most popular temples in Thailand and the figure of reclining Buddha is one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand. The right arm of the Buddha is under the head supporting it with tight curls which rests on two pillows. The figure is richly gilded and nicely crafted. The figure of the reclining Buddha is said to be 15 meters in height and 46 meters in length. There is also a school of Thai medicine in the temple complex. Even it is considered as the traditional Thai massage. This UNESCO heritage temple has a lot to share with us. From intricate detailed work, old paintings, and artistic structure to calm Buddha statues. Old scriptures are something that attracted me a lot. If you are addicted of taking inspiration through your travel diaries then this place is actually for you.
One can spend hours on just staring at the temple complex or simply meditating on the ground under a tree. A lot of greenery is there all around the temple complex. Temple authority used to give small packaged drinking water along with the tickets (you need to show your coupon which comes with your ticket). Being the largest and oldest Buddhist temple in Bangkok, it is said to be the place of more than one thousand Buddha images.
Things to keep in mind while visiting Wat Pho:
> Enter the temple barefoot.
> Try to put on an outfit which covers the knees and elbows.
> Don’t speak loudly while you’re inside the temple area.
> Don’t make the dirty.
> You can take a guide to know about the details of the temple.
>You can take photographs and videos of the temple.
Here are the photographs:
Our guide, Kareem.
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Photographs courtesy: Swarnendu Ghosh
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