Sunday, June 28, 2015

Wat Pho Bangkok Thailand

February 2015 - Bangkok Thailand

This is a more detailed description of Wat Pho, click here for highlights of our day.
Thanks to Wikipedia for the background information.

Oh my Buddha, as our tour director, Phiem was fond of saying!!

Wat Pho is named after a monastery in India where Buddha is believed to have lived. Prior to the temple's founding, the site was a centre of education for traditional Thai medicine, and statues were created showing yoga positions.

Our first views as we wait for our tickets.

The temple has sixteen gates around the complex guarded by Chinese giants carved out of rocks. These statues were originally imported as ballast on ship trading with China.

 Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok (with an area of 50 rai, 80,000 square metres), and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, as well as one of the largest single Buddha images of 160 ft length the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas, Thai พระพุทธไสยาสน์).

The Reclining Buddha is 15 m high and 43 m long with his right arm supporting the head with tight curls on two box-pillows of blue, richly encrusted with glass mosaics. The 3 m high and 4.5 m long foot of Buddha displays are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. They are divided into 108 arranged panels, displaying the auspicious symbols by which Buddha can be identified like flowers, dancers, white elephants, tigers and altar accessories. Over the statue is a seven tiered umbrella representing the authority of Thailand.

There are 108 bronze bowls in the corridor indicating the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha. People drop coins in these bowls as it is believed to bring good fortune, and to help the monks maintain the wat.

Dropping the small pennies in makes a nice ringing sound and even if your wishes don’t come true, the money goes towards helping the monks renovate and preserve Wat Pho.

The northern walled compound is where the reclining Buddha and massage school are found. The southern walled compound, Tukgawee, is a working Buddhist monastery with monks in residence and a school. Outside the temple, the grounds contain 91 chedis (stupas or mounds), four viharas (halls) and a bot (central shrine). 71 chedis of smaller size contains the ashes of the royal family, and 21 large ones contain the ashes of Buddha.The four chedis are dedicated to the four Chakri kings.

Although the intricately detailed murals that cover the walkways around Wat Pho will require a book or guide to decipher, the exquisite murals are so detailed and intricate that even if you don’t understand all the imagery you can still appreciate the artwork.

Other sights include four chapels that contain 394 gilded Buddha images, long lines of golden statues from different parts of Thailand sitting in the lotus position.

The southern walled compound, Tukgawee, is a working Buddhist monastery with monks in residence and a school. There are many monks strolling around.


  1. Wow! Those temples are breathtaking!

  2. Quite a beautiful place! The reclining Buddha really stands out!

  3. It would take you days to inspect all the details of the temple. How incredible are these temples.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  4. Breathtaking shots! These temples have such amazing architecture!

  5. What a magnificent place to visit. Love the detail in your photos.

  6. Great shots! Looks like you and I both had Bangkok on the brain when writing posts this week. It is a fascinating place.

  7. Thanks for taking us all to these beautiful Buddhist temples in Thailand.
    It is a great fortune to see all the Buddhas in one place.
    Have a Wonderful Day!
    Peace :)

  8. Found your Blog on WatW... And added you to my Google circle Art because I love Posts about travelling. Great captures!
    Cheers, Heidrun from Bavaria

  9. Wow, the art work here is simply stunning. I can only imagine that it dazzles even more in person.

  10. A very enjoyable tour. The colours in those murals are lovely.


  11. Very interesting and the artworks and carvings are so intricate. Beautiful!


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