Wat Pho? Pho Mo Buddha Smiles!

The first temple our group visited while in Bangkok was Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha… the official name is a mouthful that I can’t even attempt to pronounce – Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn).

This Buddhist temple is really quite impressive and is even considered the birthplace of the traditional Thai massage. Everywhere you turn, the buildings sparkle with colorful brilliance under the sun.

While there are over 1,000 images of Buddha here, the largest and most grandiose is a majestic reclining Buddha covered in gold leaf.

Pictures seen here don’t really give a sense of the sheer size and awe of this famous statue – this guy is HUGE at about 160 feet long and 50 feet high. The architecture and decoration within the building are beautiful. I even took a picture of the ceiling I thought it was so pretty 🙂


Symbols include tigers, elephants, flowers and much more

Pretty ceiling

The Buddha’s feet alone are about 10 feet long and exquisitely decorated in mother-of-pearl illustrations of auspicious ‘laksanas’ (characteristics) of the Buddha.

After taking our shoes off at the entrance (and being aware of non-Thai pickpockets), we passed the devout who dropped offerings of Baht (Thai currency, it’s about 30 baht to the USD) into pots lined along the inside perimeter of the building.

My favorite was Buddha’s smile. Meant to depict Buddha at his moment of enlightenment, I just loved the peaceful and serene look on his face.


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