Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)



RECLINING BUDHA THAILAND
Thailand

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Next door to the Grand Palace you’ll find the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho). It’s the largest and oldest wat (temple) in Bangkok and, as the name suggests, is home to the enormous reclining Buddha. You’ll also find many more Buddha images at Wat Pho, which is said to have more statues of the Buddha than any other Bangkok temple.

The Reclining Buddha was crafted to celebrate King Rama III’s restoration (1824 - 51). At 150 ft (46 m) long and 49 ft (15 m) high it is the largest Buddha image in Thailand. The reclining Buddha is decorated with gold leaf and his eyes and foot soles are inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

Wat Pho is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage and in 1962 a traditional medicine and massage school was established here. The school is still going strong and you can book massage appointments or apply to study at the school. Its reputation precedes it, so you\'ll need to book well ahead to get a massage.

 Practical Info

The Temple of the Reclining Budha - or Wat Pho - has two walled compounds bisected by Soi Chetuphon running east to west. You’ll find the reclining Buddha and massage school in the northern part and a working Buddhist monastery in the southern compound.

Wat Pho is next door to the Grand Palace complex in Banglamphu (on Thanon Chetuphon and Thanon Sanam Chai).



About RECLINING BUDHA THAILAND:


Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It is home to more Buddha images than any other Bangkok temple and it shelters the largest Buddha in Thailand.
The Wat Pho complex consists of two walled compounds, bisected north-south by Sanamchai Road 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. Wat Pho is the largest and oldest wat in Bangkok and is home to more than 1,000 Buddha images, more than any other temple in the country. It also shelters the largest Buddha image in Thailand: the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas). Created as part of Rama III\'s restoration (1824-51), the Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high. His body is covered in gold plating and he is decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay on his eyes and the soles of his feet. The bottoms of the Buddha\'s feet are intricately decorated with 108 auspicious scenes in Chinese and Indian styles.


Golden Buddha - petrify effect of the presence of a nearly three-meter Buddha, made of pure gold. It weighs more than two and a half tons and is rated (not to say a few not important, it is what gives this statue) of many. The view is impressive – stately, yet delicately carved Buddha of solid gold, which looks smiling.The story is as follows:In 1957, several monks from the Thai monastery had to move out of the temple of Buddha statue made of clay. The monastery had to be moved elsewhere to make room for the developing highway in Bangkok. When the crane began to carry the giant idol, he began to crack, because its weight was enormous. On top rained. The chief monk, anxious not to damage the holy Buddha, decided to temporarily put the statue on the ground and covered it with a large tarpaulin to protect her from the rain.In the evening, decided to see what the treasure of the temple, looked under the tarp and something was flashed. Gone for a tool to help discovery. Not long after the clay of bursting “clothing” of the Buddha and fell before the poor monk to reveal all its beauty.Historians believe that several hundred years before the discovery of the monk, the Burmese army is preparing to attack Thailand (then called Siam). Having learned that their country will soon be attacked, Siamese monks covered the precious golden Buddha with clay to protect the treasure from the plunder. Unfortunately, it seems the Burmese soldiers have killed all the Siamese monks and well-preserved secret of the golden Buddha remained undisclosed to the memorable day in 1957.





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