Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

On February 20, 2014 by Novita Karana

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Wat Pho. Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, its official name is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawiha. I just realize that The Buddha  is reclining, not sleeping, because i saw the sculpture with eyes open.
The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
Wat Pho is located on Sanam Chai road and Maharaj road next to the Grand Palace.
Operating hour: 08:00 – 18:30
Admission fee: 100 Baht
We are appreciated to dress politely, no shorts, although trousers are permitted.

Wat Pho is near the Grand Palace, 8 minutes walking distance. We are suggested to take a walk.
From the main door, you go to left, and then follow the road until you find the intersection. Wat Pho is over there, just cross the street.

But…
On half way, i feel i have to take a tuktuk. But finally i can made it by foot.
If you can resist the heat of the sun, you can take a walk.

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When stepped at the main gate, we saw the coconut seller with his dog. I think it’s a habbit bring their dogs (almost dogs) to work. We found some stall sellers that bring their dog and put them at chair. We bought one coconut, and chose the medium coconut, not the big one. The coconut water always makes the hot get cooler a little bit.

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The main reason to get there is to see the Reclining Buddha, take a picture, and then we go to Vimanmek Mansion. 30 minutes is enough. On itinerary, after Wat Pho, next destination is Wat Arun. But both of us is too tired and the sun is too hot and we’re too lazy see another temple :)) So, we prefer to visit War Arun on sunset.
Before enter the temple, we should took our shoes off. They give us a bag to keep the shoes.

The reclining Buddha is 15 m high and 43 m long with his right arm supporting the head with tight curls on two box-pillows of blue, richly encrusted with glass mosaics The 3 meters high and 4.5 meters long foot of Buddha displays are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. They are divided into 108 arranged panels, displaying the auspicious symbols by which Buddha can be identified like flowers, dancers, white elephants, tigers and altar accessories.

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There are 108 bronze bowls in the corridor indicating

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the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha. People drop coins in these bowls as it is believed to bring good fortune, and to help the monks maintain the wat.
Keep the ticket and you can change the ticket with a bottle of mineral water.

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What is interesting about Bangkok? Bangkok has local food and beverages stall around the city.
Around Wat Pho, you can found a merchandises, handmade statues, handmade painting, and the most that i like: fruit sellers.
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I tried pomegranate for the first time in my life, it is made by order from the real fruit without sugar.
The seller press the delima with a press tool, and put the water inside the cold bottle.
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The address of Wat Pho (วัดโพธิ์):
2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict,
Pranakorn District, Bangkok, 10200 Thailand
see others information here http://www.watpho.com/
Operating hour: 08:00 – 18:30
Admission fee: 100 Baht

There’s a Wat Po Thai Traditional Massage School. If you like massage or want to learn massage, you should come earlier around 8AM.

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