Wat Pho, famously known as the ‘Temple of the Reclining Buddha’, or traditionally named as Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลารามราชวรมหาวิหาร, is Bangkok’s oldest temple and a royal one at that.
Originally built in the reign of King Phetracha between 1688-1703 AD. Ever since then, the temple complex has seen many addition, wars, renovations and restorations. Wat Pho holds importance for the Royal Family for centuries and is situated nearby the Grand Palace.
One of the interesting factors of this temple complex is that it consists of the largest collection of Buddha images, especially hundreds being collected from abandoned temples in Ayuttaya, Sukothai and many other sites of Thailand. This decision was taken by King Rama 1 with due respect to the god. ⛲️
But what attracts tourist attraction the most is the 46 m long statue of reclining Buddha which was built under the rule of King Rama 3 in the year 1832. The reclining posture of Buddha represents eternal Nirvana and the posture is known as the Sihasaiyas, which means posture of a sleeping or a reclined lion. 🗺
When visiting Wat Pho, expect spending an hour or two exploring the vast complex, the architecture, waiting patiently in the tourist line to meet the statue of the reclined Buddha, as well as taking some peaceful time out to say your prayers. .
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