Friday, March 11, 2011

Walking through the Temple of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok

Located in the center of Bangkok near the Grand Palace of Bangkok is a magnificent Temple of the Reclining Buddah temple called Wat Pho. Its official name is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Ratchaworamahawihan and more interestingly the temple itself is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which Brendan and I enjoyed thouroughly. Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest wats (temples) in Bangkok and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images and statues, as well as one of the largest single Buddha images: the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas). The Wat Pho complex consists of two walled compounds, the northern walled compound is where the reclining Buddha and massage school are found. The southern walled compound is a working Buddhist monastery with monks in residence and a school. This was the first tourist spot that we visited in the city and it is a must see, you will be constantly impressed at every turn.
Prangs or tall finger like structures in the courtyards of the Wat compound
Me sitting at an intricate gilded doorway to a temple.
Small garden in one of the temple gardens
Two twin buddah statues 
Some of the thousand buddah statues at the compounds
Giant reclining Buddah
Brendan standing at a doorway to an ajoining compound
The large Buddah inside the temple Brendan was standing next to in previous image.
Brendan standing next to one of the many buddhist temples
Another beautiful garden with smiling statues

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