Bangkok (4) – Wat Pho
Wat Pho is a Buddhist temple located next to the Grand Palace in the Phra Nakhon district. It is one of the largest (80,000 square metres) and oldest of monasteries in Bangkok and is home to more than 1,000 Buddha images.
The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
Just inside the main gate. Chedi beside the Phra Rabieng (Gallery)
A Chedi beside the Phra Rabieng (Gallery)
Burning incense is reputed to be a method of purifying the surroundings.
Candle flame represents the light of the Buddha’s teachings.
A nicely trimmed tree
Chedis contains the ashes of the royal family
Three of the four largest chedis dedicated to the the four Chakri kings
Inside a viharn (hall)
A closer look at the detailed flower motifs
One of the stone giants at the entrance gates
Outside the Viharn of the Reclining Buddha
The Reclining Buddha (15m high x 43m long) is made of plaster bricks and gilded gold.
108 bronze bowls indicate 108 auspicious characters of Buddha. People drop coins in the bowl as it is believed to bring good fortune.
A single flower in the courtyard
Prang ( shrine element of Buddihist architecture) in the inner courtyard
A monk concentrates on his studies