Wat Pho

Bangkok, Thailand

I visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

June 21, 2015

After seeing Wat Arun, we hopped back on the ferry to head to Wat Pho.

Ferry to Wat Pho

Ferry to Wat Pho

Even after extensively researching Thailand before my trip, I had no idea what was in store for me at Wat Pho. I thought that Wat Pho was just a single building inside of the Grand Palace, but I was wrong. Wat Pho was huge. So huge, that a group of us got lost at one point. We wandered the temple for ages, exploring around all of the buildings and grounds.

Exploring Wat Pho

Exploring Wat Pho

Somewhere within Wat Pho

Somewhere within Wat Pho

Our tourguide explained to us that “Pho” is a type of tree that is significant in Buddhism. He pointed out some Pho trees as we walked around.

Eventually we made it to the most iconic building of Wat Pho, the temple that contained the Reclining Buddha. The statue was three times the length of our giant tour bus, and was entirely covered in a layer of gold leaf.

Reclining Buddha

Reclining Buddha

The temple echoed with squeaking “pling”s of coins being dropped into bowls.

108 bowls of Wat Pho

108 bowls of Wat Pho

There were 108 of the bowls, which is a lucky number in Thai culture. The coins being dropped into the bowls almost sounded like birds echoing through the high-ceilinged temple.

Toward the end of the Reclining Buddha

Toward the end of the Reclining Buddha

I walked the length of the statue. For perspective, look at how small the doorway is in relation to the Buddha’s head. MASSIVE statue!

We left the room and put our shoes back on, and continued to explore the temple grounds. There was a large koi pond near the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and we stopped to admire the oasis surrounded by golden towered buildings.

Koi pond in a Wat Pho Courtyard

Koi pond in a Wat Pho Courtyard

At one point, we noticed that a giant rainbow encircled the sun above us.

Rainbow at Wat Pho

Rainbow at Wat Pho

It’s pretty rare to see a full rainbow instead of just a half one. That, paired with the glittering temples, made this a truly magical moment.

A room filled with golden buddhas

A room filled with golden buddhas

Wat Pho rooftops

Wat Pho rooftops

Detail at Wat Pho

Detail at Wat Pho

 

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