Wat Pho

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by richardfaust on December 30, 2002

Wat Pho, home of the Golden Buddha. The walk is short, but it becomes evident we are in a different world. Taxi drivers accost you every few steps and even tell you the temple is closed so they can take you to a new place--yeah, right!!! We met a young American woman who joined us in our hunt for the temple. The Golden Buddha is amazing because of the shine, and you feel an enormous sense of peace and realize how small you are in this world.

The big surprise of the day was the Reclining Buddha. We knew it was big, but when you walk in, you are met with a huge image. The statue itself has a small childlike grin and is lying quite comfortably on his side. His feet are ornately decorated with mother of pearl. The hall was filled with a continuous clinking. Upon investigation, we found 30 monks' bowls lining the walls of the temple. Buddhists place money in the bowls for the monks.

Lesson learned: Bring high-speed film. Some places don't allow flash (or any) photographs inside the temples.

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Rattanakosin District Adjacent To Grand Palace
Bangkok, Thailand, 10200
+66 02 222 5910; 226


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