Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Life in TH - One de' Full Day in Bangkok (Part III)

Continue.... another 20mins walk, I reached the entrance of Wat Pho

Wat Pho (วัดโพธิ์), or Wat Phra Chetuphon (วัดพระเชตุพน) as it is generally known to the Thais, is mainly famous for the huge Reclining Buddha statue it houses. The Reclining Buddha is in the perennially busy building to my right as I entered.

Wat Po 01

The highly impressive gold plated reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high, and is designed to illustrate the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. The feet and the eyes are engraved with mother-of-pearl decoration,

Wat Po 02

Slowly explore the place, I walked up to another hall where there was a ceremony taking place.

Wat Po 03

A glistening Buddha in the main chapel.

Wat Po 04

Wat Po 05

Wat Po 06

Not to forget the Massage - Wat Pho is also famous as Thailand's first university, and is center for traditional Thai masage - the rich, famous and powerful have all been known to come here. Inscribed on stone in the walls of Wat Pho are all that was known about Thai massage dating from the reign of King Rama III

Whats more can I say, after a long day of walking under the hot sun. The best thing to do was a leg massage on a confortable chair in a fully air-con room under the red hot sun. I signed up a 1hr leg massage session cost around 250baht.

Wat pro 001

Wat Pho is home to the famous reclining Buddha, but it also covers a wide area of central Bangkok and is worth a stroll as there are many interesting and colourful smaller wats and stupas within its precincts.

Wat pro 002

Opening: 8.00 - 17.00 daily
Admission: 50Baht

Well, next in line were Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)...

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