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Wat Pho is a temple located adjacent to the Grand Palace in Bangkok, and is very popular with tourists. See our earlier post about the Grand Palace complex here. We visited the temple after our tour of the Grand Palace.

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It is famous for its gigantic reclining gold buddha.

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The temple, being a historic place for the learning of religion and science, is also recognized as the birthplace of Thai massage.

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The statue of reclining Buddha is 15 m high and 43 m long with his right arm supporting the head.

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Much more information about Wat Pho can be found on Wikipedia, here.

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The foot of the buddha statue is 3 m high and 4.5 m long and are inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

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The panels are divided into 108 panels, each displaying one of the auspicious symbols by which Buddha can be identified, like flowers, dancers, white elephants, tigers and altar accessories.

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Except the head, the statute’s body is smooth and metallic – it reminds me more of a robot than a religious figure. And I already remarked here about the resemblance of C3PO and Thai statues.

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One Comment

  1. look imposing.

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