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Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha)

This whole Bangkok trip was done in 2011. I know it’s 2014 and in 3 years times, the city would have done changes here and there. But sharing it here is always a better option than just keeping it as a storage in my drive.

It was my first time visiting the capital of Thailand and I did the trip with my close ones, my  parents and brother. It was a 4D3N trip… Considering we were strangers to the city, taking a one-day local tour was a good decision.

The tour started early in the morning. We were picked up from our hotel, Novotel at Siam Square, at around 7AM. Our tour guide was a local who is fluent in Indonesian language. Please be considerate  for me not being able to recall his name… It was 3 years ago and I’m not good in memorising names.

The famous site we visited was the Temple of Reclining Buddha, or Wat Pho, Wat Phra Chetuphon. It  is also the oldest and the largest temple in Bangkok. The statue is not the only Buddha image, in fact there are thousands of Buddha images in the temple. Walking into the compound of the temple, visitors will see stupas or chedis.

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Finally, we reached the Reclining Buddha. It was huge!  The statue is 150 ft long and 49 ft high. It is indeed the largest Buddha in Thailand. After struggling to find the best angle to fit into my camera screen, this is how it looks like.

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After struggling to get the best photo…

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The close-up of the Buddha’s head

Along the corridor, bronze bowls are placed. There are 108 bowls in total indicating the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha. People usually drop coins in these bowls as it is believed to bring good fortune and also to help the monks maintain the temple.

Though there will be a lot visitors, but inside the Buddha statue hall is serene. It’s expected visitors to respect the people who come here to pray.

How to go there:

– Public Bus: 1, 3, 12, 25,44, 47, 53, 60, 82, 91, 501, 508

– Opening Hours: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm daily

Admission: 50THB for foreigners; Free admission for locals

– Websitewww.watpho.com

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