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The Giant Golden Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, including the famous and one of the largest single Buddha structures in the world, the Reclining Buddha, 43 meters (160 feet) long and 15 meters high.

The sacredness of the place is religiously maintained. You need to take off your shoes as you enter the temple. And don't worry, in case you are not properly dressed, robes are provided at the area for those wearing sleeveless tops or short skirts.

The reclining golden Buddha is jaw dropping. I've never seen a Buddha as big as this. The soles of the Buddha's feet alone are whopping 3 meters high and almost 5 meters long, and are embedded with mother of pearls. Very enchanting!

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho temple is just a few walks away from The Grand Palace.

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

The temple, considered as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, is home to one of the earliest Thai massage schools. And I was able to experience the massage - an authentic Thai massage for the win!

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

The reclining Buddha is so huge, it makes it so hard to get a nice angle to photograph it.

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Around the walls of the temple are beautifully preserved hand paintings depicting the rich Thai culture and tradition.

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Along the giant Buddha image you will find 108 bronze bowls where people donate coins because it is believed to bring good fortune, and also to help the monks maintain the temple.

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

The intrinsic design of each temple here is just unbelievable. Very detailed!

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

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- Jaypee