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06/09/2010

The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho (วัดโพธิ์), Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Ratchaworamahawihan, Bangkok


This is a photo of the Reclining Buddha, taken in Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Ratchaworamahawihan (วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลารามราชวรมหาวิหาร), or the former name Wat Pho (วัดโพธิ์), also known as The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This is a Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand, located in the Rattanakosin district directly adjacent to the Grand Palace. Its official full name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn (วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลาราม ราชวรมหาวิหาร). The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
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: the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas, พระพุทธไสยาสน์). Made as part of Rama III's restoration, the Reclining Buddha is forty-six metres long and fifteen metres high, decorated with gold plating on his body and mother of pearl on his eyes and the soles of his feet. The latter display 108 auspicious scenes in Chinese and Indian styles.
The Wat Pho complex consists of two walled compounds bisected by Soi Chetuphon running east–west. 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.

2 comments:

Poetic Shutterbug said...

A friend of mine traveled there and saw it up close and personal. She also got a wonderful shot of it.

Anonymous said...

That temple is quite amazing. I was in the area last year and visited with my wife. I love that part of Thailand.

Dubai Dave