The Adventure Chronicle

Wat Pho – Bangkok, Thailand

The Reclining Buddha’s head at Wat Pho

Often over shadowed by the importance and fame of the Royal Palace, Wat Pho, or Wat Phra Chetuphon should not be missed on a trip through Bangkok’s Ratanakosin district. Wat Pho is a massive complex that covers twenty acres just south of the Royal Palace along the Chao Phraya River. It contains prangs, Chinese pavilions, and a monk school, but is most famous for having Thailand’s largest Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho also holds the title for the oldest wat in Bangkok, having been constructed in the early seventeenth century. The Reclining Buddha is 45-metres-long and was constructed in 1832 by King Rama III. It is the King’s personal statue and depicts the Buddha crossing into Nirvana. The statue is rumored to contain precious Thai gold and gems, and although being so large, it is housed in a temple with just enough room for visitors to circumvent the statue.
The largest Reclining Buddha is Thailand

The ornate feet of the Reclining Buddha

The Buddhas that surround the inner bot of Wat Pho

scratched

Orange robes are draped over the shoulders of Buddhas lining a small courtyard

The Chinese inspired courtyard of Wat Pho

One of the many ceramic prangs scattered around the Reclining Buddha

Prongs at Wat Phra Chetuphon

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3 responses

  1. Travis

    The first photo is especially awesome.

    February 20, 2010 at 9:16 pm

  2. Dia

    Agreed. That first picture is incredible! I want a copy of it : )

    February 22, 2010 at 9:06 am

    • arzupancic

      Look for it in Cengiz’s first “desktop pack” coming soon.

      February 23, 2010 at 12:20 am

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