on December 12, 2006
If you like Buddhas, you will be in your element here in Thailand. I was buddha’ed out by the end of this trip. Emerald Buddha, little Buddha, big Buddha and the Granddaddy of them all - the reclining Buddha!First seen by me at the very beginning of “The Beach”, where strangely enough, the reclining Buddha resides along the street. Poetic film license because here in Bangkok the Reclining Buddha rests in Wat Pho- Bangkok’s largest temple.This Buddha really is a wondrous sight. 150 feet of gold leaf splendor as he reclines (hence the name) one arms along his body the other propping up his head. The feet at the other end were 9 feet long decorated so intricately with Mother of Pearl which is a characteristic of the Buddha.Wat Pho is 20 acres with over 1000 Buddha images to view if the reclining fellow doesn’t hold your interest too long. For me at least I just loved watching the numerous Monks that wandered the temple grounds, serenely floating by in their orange robes. Karl accused me of having a Monk fetish by the end of the trip as I just couldn’t help watching and wanting to talk with them. Though quiet and serious looking they would instantly start giggling when I spoke to them. Indeed quite endearing!
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