Wat Pho: The Reclining Buddha

Today we thought we’d do a bit of sightseeing as I didn’t have time to do any of the touristy things when I was here in August. So we took the BTS over to the Chaophraya river and hopped on a boat down to Wat Pho, the home of the reclining Buddha. The river is amazing, there’s so much going on with boats flying around everywhere, it is a great way to travel (despite initially feeling a bit seasick!) and to see everything from a totally new viewpoint.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fcb/80447574/files/2015/01/img_8937.jpg Wat Pho is next to the Grand Palace and across the river from Wat Arun, as it was Saturday and as per usual mad busy, we thought we’d just do the one thing today. The Wat Pho temple complex is breathtaking with incredibly intricate tiling and carving, everywhere you look there’s something to see.

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fcb/80447574/files/2015/01/img_0222.jpg After taking off our shoes, we filed in past the reclining Buddha. I knew he was going to be huge but I wasn’t quite prepared for how huge! 15 metres high by 46 metres long to be precise and so gold! His feet were beautiful, inlaid with mother of pearl.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fcb/80447574/files/2015/01/img_0225.jpg The grounds of the temple were really peaceful amid the tourist chaos so we had a good wander. We caught the river taxi back up to the BTS and headed into town for some much needed food! That’s where the decisions really begin….

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