Wat Po (Bangkok)

Wat Po (Wat Pho) or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha is ten to 15 minutes away from The Grand Palace by foot. It is a Buddhist complex that houses the largest collection of Buddha images at around 400. Also, it is home to the 46-meter long Reclining Buddha.

Welcome to Wat Po

Welcome to Wat Po

Visitors are greeted at the entrance of Wat Po complex by a couple of Chinese guardian figures that are thrice my size. The gate makes way to a Chinese-themed temple garden whose focal point is a Bodhi tree. This Bodhi tree is surrounded by several Chinese images, some of them in yoga poses. There are benches and mini-falls to soothe the weary limbs of the tourists who have been walking for hours (from the Grand Palace or elsewhere).

The gates of Wat Po are secured by Chinese guardian figures.

The gates of Wat Po are secured by Chinese guardian figures.

Chinese guardian figure and I at Wat Po

Chinese guardian figure and I at Wat Po

Chinese-themed garden of Wat Po, with bodhi tree in the middle.

Chinese-themed garden of Wat Po, with bodhi tree in the middle.

Some of the Chinese images found near the temple garden at Wat Po

Some of the Chinese images found near the temple garden at Wat Po

Some of the Chinese images found near the temple garden at Wat Po

Some of the Chinese images found near the temple garden at Wat Po

Wat Po belfry near the Missakawan Park

Wat Po belfry near the gate and Missakawan Park

Wat Po stupas or chedis. Wat Po has 91 chedis. They are different in size, style and color. Some of the chedis are depository of the ashes of former kings of Thailand.

Wat Po stupas or chedis. Wat Po has 91 chedis. They are different in height, style, color, and significance. Some of the chedis are depository of the ashes of former kings of Thailand.

Details of the chedi found in Wat Po

Details of the chedi found in Wat Po

Some of the standing Buddha images found in Phra Rabiang. These Buddha images were chosen from 1200 images originally brought by King Rama I from Northern Thailand.

Some of the standing Buddha images found in Phra Rabiang. These Buddha images were chosen from 1200 brought by King Rama I from Northern Thailand.

Some of the sitting Buddha images found in Phra Rabiang.

Some of the sitting Buddha images found in Phra Rabiang.

More sitting Buddha images found in Phra Rabiang in Wat Po Complex

More sitting Buddha images found in Phra Rabiang in Wat Po Complex

One of many sitting Buddha images found in Phra Rabiang

One of many sitting Buddha images found in Phra Rabiang.

Monument of Buddha. Buddha is sitting under a seven-headed naga and in meditation

Monument of Buddha. Buddha is sitting under a seven-headed naga or snake and in meditation. I got lost within the complex, so I followed a group of Europeans inside a temple and found him.

The Reclining Buddha is inside a chapel. The chapel has high ceiling and has minimal objects inside to accommodate the 46-meter long and 15-meter high Reclining Buddha. With people jostling for position and the sheer size of the Reclining Buddha makes it hard to take photos of it in its entirety. I tried. 🙂

The ceiling of the chapel that contains the Reclining Buddha.

The ceiling of the chapel that contains the Reclining Buddha.

The head of the Reclining Buddha.

The head of the Reclining Buddha.

Another view of the head of the Reclining Buddha

Another view of the head of the Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha's feet.

The Reclining Buddha’s feet.

The soles of the Reclining Buddha's feet are 3-meter high and 4.5-meter long. They contain symbols that are synonymous with Buddha.

The soles of the Reclining Buddha’s feet are 3-meter high and 4.5-meter long. They contain symbols that are synonymous with Buddha.

Back view of the head of the Reclining Buddha

Back view of the head of the Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha and I.

The Reclining Buddha and I. The blue bag on my left shoulder was provided by the people at the entrance of the chapel to hold my shoes during my stay inside.

Some of the 108 bronze bowls that signify the 108 auspicious traits of Buddha.

Some of the 108 bronze bowls that signify the 108 auspicious traits of Buddha. The 108 bronze bowls line the walls of the chapel where the Reclining Buddha is. Visitors pay for a small bowl with coins and place the coins inside the bronze bowls (I think after making some noise with the coins). I think once the bowls are full, the money is given to the Buddhist monks.

I placed my coins in at least a dozen bowls.

I placed my coins in at least a dozen bowls.

Some of the smaller Buddha images found in Wat Po complex

Some of the smaller Buddha images found in Wat Po complex

Visitors have to enter the chapel barefoot. Bags are provided for the footwear so the visitors do not have to leave their shoes or sandals at the main door.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Wat Po (Bangkok)

  1. In less of one month I will see it with my own eyes :). Thank you Rose for the information 😉 I can’t wait to visit Bangkok after reading your posts.

    1. You’re welcome, Juan! 🙂 It is my pleasure to share with you (and others) the places I have visited. I hope that you will enjoy Bangkok and the rest of Thailand as much as I did. Eat as much as you can!!! I will wait for your feedback once you have finished your trip.

  2. I was wondering why the buddha has to be in reclined position. Because the buddha usually are in sitting or standing position.

    1. I do not know why the Buddha is reclining, but I have to agree with you that majority of the Buddha images I have seen are in sitting or standing position. Regardless of its position, it is one impressive Buddha. 🙂

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