Wat Pho, a must-seen monastry in Bangkok

Wat Pho, a must-seen monastry in Bangkok

Today will be the temples day for me! There are a lot of temples and historical attractions around them in Bangkok. We’re gonna start with the one on top of my list: Wat Pho known as the Reclining Buddha… You know what they say…

An inspirational travel quote

An inspirational travel quote

When you visit Wat Pho, do you know that you also get to see the historical attractions listed below? Probably no, well me neither…

  • Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha
  • Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn
  • Phra Rabiang
  • Phra Maha Stupa/Phra Prang
  • Phra Vihara Kis
  • Sum Pratu Song Mongkut
  • The Rock Garden with decorative plants
  • Phra Ubosot

We have a lot to see, so let’s keep going guys, …

As soon as you get into the local life, you’ll see a lot of things that will catch your attention immediately…

“Hmmm what should we have for lunch?” Yeah it is still early to think about lunch but there are verdors everywhere that will trigger the craving in your brain…Not this one for sure though…

"Grab and go" style street food in Bangkok

“Grab and go” style street food in Bangkok

Here is a local man sharping a knife…

The man sharping a knife in Bangkok

The man sharping a knife in Bangkok

I love the Sky Train in Bangkok…

One of the Sky Train stations in Bangkok

One of the Sky Train stations in Bangkok

The traffic seen from the Sky Train…

The traffic seen from the Sky Train in Bangkok

The traffic seen from the Sky Train in Bangkok

Boys with their school uniforms…Forget about the trousers in this hot weather, shorts rock!

Boys with their school uniforms in Bangkok

Boys with their school uniforms in Bangkok

Yes, we’ll be taking a boat but not this one! I just love this type of boats!

A long tail boat on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

A long tail boat on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

We’re taking this “Hands up in the air!” express boat…

"Hands up in the air" express boat in Bangkok

“Hands up in the air” express boat in Bangkok

Today Chao Phraya River is really busy…

Traffic on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

Traffic on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

Come here, we need more sunshine haha…

Bangkok

Bangkok

In order to go to Wat Pho, you should get off at Tha Thien Pier…

Tha Thien Pier in Bangkok

Tha Thien Pier in Bangkok

Multifunctional Statue…do you need one?

Multifunctional statue at Tha Thien Pier in Bangkok

Multifunctional statue at Tha Thien Pier in Bangkok

Bazaars everywhere in Bangkok…

Tha Thien Pier Bazaar in Bangkok

Tha Thien Pier Bazaar in Bangkok

The super lady of the bazaar…I loved the helmet…

Tha Thien Pier Bazaar in Bangkok

Tha Thien Pier Bazaar in Bangkok

I’ll get some snacks as we’ll be in Wat Pho for a while..I need energy…

Tha Thien Pier Bazaar in Bangkok

Tha Thien Pier Bazaar in Bangkok

WAT PHO

Yeah, finally! Here is one of the gates of Wat Pho.

The official name of Wat Pho is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, is the first grade royal monastry, regarded as the most important monastry in Bangkok…

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho is the largest and oldest monastry in Bangkok and is home to more than 1,000 Buddha images, more than any other temple in the country.

Huge Chinese warrior statues guard the entrances to the temple.  Even if there are 100 chedis or pagodas along the temple’s complex, four of which are especially dedicated to the first four Kings of the Chakri dynasty.  These chedis have some of the ashes of the four kings from King Rama I to King Rama IV.

Good day to you too guys!

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho in Bangkok

The lost and found box looks interesting!

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Starting to see Buddhas…

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho in Bangkok

This little girl is showing me how to do it properly!

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Take off your shoes and put on long clothes which you can find at the entrance.

Getting ready to go inside to see the  reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Getting ready to go inside to see the reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Good way to make others see that you just borrowed it!

Getting ready to go inside to see the  reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Getting ready to go inside to see the reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high.

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

The Reclining Buddha is located on the Northwest of Wat Pho and was built in 1832 during the reign of King Rama III.  

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

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 image was made to show the passing of Buddha from his final Nirvana after death.

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

The bottoms of the Buddha’s feet are intricately decorated with 108 auspicious scenes in Chinese and Indian styles.

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Murals inside the temple  shows scenes from as far as during the rule of King Rama III.  These murals reflect the former lives of Buddha since Buddhism believes in reincarnation.

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Bronze bowls are placed to hold the visitor’s coin donations.  

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

People donate these coins believing that this will bring them good fortune.

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho in Bangkok

A Boddhi tree stands in a small garden near this temple.  The tree is a descendant of the original Boddhi tree where it was believed that Buddha had his enlightenment.  

One of the gardens in Wat Pho, Bangkok

One of the gardens in Wat Pho, Bangkok

The monks at Wat Pho…

The monks at Wat Pho, Bangkok

The monks at Wat Pho, Bangkok

The monks at Wat Pho, Bangkok

The monks at Wat Pho, Bangkok

Getting ready for the Chinese New Year…

Chinese New Year preparations, Wat Pho, Bangkok

Chinese New Year preparations, Wat Pho, Bangkok

Chinese New Year preparations, Wat Pho, Bangkok

Chinese New Year preparations, Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn, a group of four huge pagodas surrounded by white wall with Thai-Chinese style sheltered gates decorated with color-glazed tiles and Chinese rockeries guardians.

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakan in  Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakan in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakan in  Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakan in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakan in  Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakan in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakan in  Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakan in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Each pagoda is 42 metre high, twelve or added notched-rim structures ending in a tall spire elaborated with colorful mosaics.

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakan in  Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakan in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakan in  Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakan in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakan in  Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakan in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Rabiang

Phra Rabieng are the double cloisters surrounding the chapel that connect  four main directional Viharas. All buddha images are covered with gold leaves.

Phra Rabieng in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Rabieng in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Thai prosody framed in 100 stone inscriptions were posted on all columns along the cloisters.

Phra Rabieng in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Rabieng in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Small pagodas…

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Look at this beautiful butterfly!

The beautiful butterfly at Wat Pho, Bangkok

The beautiful butterfly at Wat Pho, Bangkok

Everything is painted in gold color!

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Here is one of the hundreds of Buddhas in Wat Pho…

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok

The buddhas here are still hasn’t finished.

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok

They will look like the ones below…

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Maha Stupa/ Phra Prang

These are the 4 pagodas at the corners the chapel yard. Thes type of pagodas are also called “Phra Agghiya Chedi”.

Phra Maha Stupa/ Phra Prang at Wat Pho, in Bangkok

Phra Maha Stupa/ Phra Prang at Wat Pho, in Bangkok

Each of them has “Catulokapalas” which are the Guardian Divinites of the Four Cardinal Points.

Phra Maha Stupa/ Phra Prang at Wat Pho, in Bangkok

Phra Maha Stupa/ Phra Prang at Wat Pho, in Bangkok

Phra Vihara Tis

Phra Vihara Tis or Four Directional Viharas are situated in four directions: East, West, North and South

Phra Vihara Tis at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara Tis at Wat Pho in Bangkok

In each vihara Buddha images are located in different postures. These postures and images of Buddhas were sculpted according to various historical events in Buddha’s journey.

Phra Vihara Tis at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Vihara Tis at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Sum Pratu Song Mongkut

There are 16 entrance gates in Wat Pho. At each side of the gates, two big Chinese warrior statues stand to prevent the evils from entering into the monastry.

Sum Pratu Song Mongkut at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Sum Pratu Song Mongkut at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Sum Pratu Song Mongkut at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Sum Pratu Song Mongkut at Wat Pho in Bangkok

More Buddha images…

Buddha images at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Buddha images at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Buddha images at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Buddha images at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Buddha images at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Buddha images at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Buddha images at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Buddha images at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Where am I?

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho makes you feel like this is an endless place…You keep walking and you see a lot of Buddha images, pagodas and statues…It’s time to have a break…

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho in Bangkok

The Rock Garden with decorative plants

King Rama III created 24 gardens around the monastery.

The Rock Garden with decorative plants at Wat Pho in Bangkok

The Rock Garden with decorative plants at Wat Pho in Bangkok

The Rock Garden with decorative plants at Wat Pho in Bangkok

The Rock Garden with decorative plants at Wat Pho in Bangkok

Here our tour guide, haha

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Gates and gates and gates…

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Halls, turn right halls, turn left halls..endless halls and…

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Phra Ubosot

Phra Ubosot is the assembly hall for performing the monastic rituals.  The Buddha, “Phra Buddha Theva Patimakorn”, is in a posture of concentration on a three tiered pedestal and some of the ashes of King Rama I are kept under this pedestal.

Phra Ubosot in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Ubosot in Wat Pho, Bangkok

The mural paintings in the hall depict Mahosatha Pandita (The Great Bachelor of Mithila City) and heaven.

Phra Ubosot in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Phra Ubosot in Wat Pho, Bangkok

Here is the other assembly hall…

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Ohhh you are sooo beautiful…

An amazing flower in Wat Pho, Bangkok

An amazing flower in Wat Pho, Bangkok

An amazing flower in Wat Pho, Bangkok

An amazing flower in Wat Pho, Bangkok

We did see a lot, right? Yeah, we’ve been almost everywhere in Wat Pho…but it is not over yet…

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok

We’re giving a little break to eat something and refresh our energy…

Tha Thien Pier in Bangkok

Tha Thien Pier in Bangkok

 If you missed what we did last night, here is the link: Siam protest area in Bangkok.

Right after being fueled with amazing street snacks, we’ll go to Wat Arun, The Temple of Dawn, to watch the sunset…See you there!

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